Mercedes-Benz has given us a view of the new plug-in electric version of the second-generation B-class before it is officially launched later this month at the Paris Motor Show. The near-to-production-ready MPV was built with the cooperation of Tesla. It presages the B-class Electric Drive that will be offered in certain markets starting in early 2014.
This model is part of Mercedes-Benz’s campaign for the Paris show to launch a barrage of zero emission models. This new car would probably be available with an extended monthly lease scheme comparable to what the Smart Electric Drive has. This electric motor is positioned in the space that’s frequently intended for the different four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines of the B-class.
The brushless unit has an output of 134bhp and 228lb ft torque. The motor’s electrical energy comes from a lithium ion battery pack of a still-undetermined capacity located low on the floor of the front-wheel drive B-class’s platform before the rear axle.
The automaker is calling this set-up as the Energy Space. The batteries offer a 200-km range overall on a full charge.
Charging is done either by using a plug-in or via recuperative means while on the run. At the Paris motor show, the B-class Electric Drive will debut together with the definitive production version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive and new Smart Brabus Electric Drive.