Mercedes will take the A-Class E-CELL to production this fall with a limited series of 500 units. The A-Class E-CELL features a 70 kW (95 PS) with 290 Nm of torque. Two lithium-ion batteries (36 kWh total) provide for a range of about 200 km (124 miles).
It's refreshing to have an automaker introduce an electric car at an auto show that will actually be going into production right away. That is what Mercedes-Benz will be doing with the new A-Class E-CELL this fall, even if the production run will only be for 500 units.
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the new E-CELL at the Paris motor show and the vehicle will be the second electric car the Stuttgart-based automaker will produce, after the B-Class F-CELL.
Based on the five-door, five-seat standard Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the A-Class E-CELL features a 70 kW (95 PS) electric motor with two lithium-ion batteries packed underneath the passenger compartment which allows the E-CELL to have the same volume capacity as the standard A-Class as well as provide a lower center of gravity for the car which makes for better handling and driving dynamics.
The 36 kWh batteries are said to provide the A-Class E-CELL with a range of around 200 km (124 miles). Maximum torque from the electric motor is a hefty 290 Nm but the continuous power rating is a mere 50 kW (68 PS) which is probably why Mercedes prefers to only give the 0 to 60 km/h sprint time in its press release, which is 5.5 seconds.
Charging the A-Class E-CELL from a conventional 230 volt (Europe) outlet takes about 8 hrs for a range of 100 km. With a "wall box" or proper recharging point that time is cut to 3 hours. Still a long way away from a 2 minute fuel stop at the local gas station.