The major green car contribution to the Paris Auto Show from Mercedes-Benz is taking the form of the A-Class E-Cell, the German automaker’s second electric car built in series. It is being seen as a family car for every day use and will have a total production run of 500 vehicles being built for several European countries.
The five-door A-Class E-Cell, said Mercedes, is powered by two lithium-ion batteries that provide a range of over 200 km (NEDC). The car sports an electric drive with a maximum output of 70 kW (95 hp), developing a high torque of 290 Nm. It will go from 0 to 60 km/h in 5.5 seconds and is set to 150 km/h for its maximum speed. Charging times will range from three to eight hours depending upon what type of charger is being used.
Mercedes has developed a specific control and display concept designed for the requirements of an electric car. The multifunction display in the vehicle shows the battery charge status, trip data such as kilometres driven, travelling time, average speed and average fuel consumption, along with the remaining range and residual electrical energy capacity (SoC = state of charge). The A-Class E-Cell also carries plenty of standard Mercedes quality equipment for creature comforts while driving as well.