Daimler, as far as its green car plans go for the upcoming Paris Motor Show, already unveiled the smart forstars electric car concept with its rather odd built-in video projector. They also plan to showcase at the event a battery-powered electric variant of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
The Concept B-Class Electric Drive, according to Daimler, is equipped with a 100 kW electric motor that has 310 Newton meters of torque that help propel the vehicle a range of 200 kilometres, or nearly 125 miles, on a single charge. It can be charged at any standard 230 V power outlet, according to European standards, or alternatively – with rapid charging function – at a 400 V high-voltage terminal.
Though it is a concept, the B-Class Electric Drive from Mercedes-Benz is almost ready for series production, with the market launch already planned for 2014.
One interesting design feature in this concept is something called the Energy Space. It is, according to Daimler, in the floor of the vehicle in front of the rear axle. It is where the lithium-ion battery is stored and provides a better center of gravity for the vehicle.
It also reportedly ensures there’s a good amount of space in the vehicle for passengers and cargo in much the same way as the current series production models.
In developing the Concept B-Class Electric Drive, the Mercedes-Benz brand is having a coming out of sorts in more formally recognizing on its vehicles the green car functionalities. This EV will be one of the first models to incorporate what’s being coined as “Electric Drive” into its model designation. This labeling, said Daimler, “will adorn the boot lids of all battery-powered electric passenger cars from Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and smart.”
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class, as a small family car in the Daimler universe, was first introduced back in 2005. It has been a steady workhouse for the German auto company, going through a couple of generations of changes and offering engine types which vary from the electric one mentioned here to combustion engines and even fuel cells.