“Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Concept merges entry-level luxury and plug-in tech”
Mercedes-Benz showed off a number of alternative fuel B-Class models at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, including the B200 Natural Gas Drive and this machine, the B-Class Electric Drive. Using a 100-kilowatt (134-horsepower) electric motor, the hatch can whir to a top speed of 93 miles per hour and boasts a range of around 124 miles, though presumably not at the same time.
The motor delivers a total of 229 pound-feet of torque, and while Mercedes-Benz isn’t disclosing the lithium-ion battery’s capacity, the company has said it will be chargeable through any 230-volt outlet. Using a quick-charge 400-volt outlet, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED can rack up enough of a charge to cover 31 miles in under an hour. In addition, the five-door can be configured to charge off peak hours to keep operating costs as low as possible. Owners can designate when the B-Class ED charges, keep an eye on state of charge and locate charging locations along a route via any computer or smartphone remotely.