Mercedes has announced plans to introduce the B-Class Electric Drive concept at the Paris Motor Show.
Designed to preview a 2014 model, the concept promises to deliver a "comfortable and enjoyable driving experience with full suitability for everyday and family use." It looks virtually identical to the standard model but features an "Energy Space" in the floor that holds a lithium-ion battery.
Power is provided by an electric motor that develops 136 PS (100 kW / 134 hp) and 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to travel over 200 km (124 miles) on a single charge. When the battery is depleted, it can be recharged by a 230V outlet or a 400V rapid charger.
Besides introducing the B-Class ED, Mercedes will unveil the production version of the SLS AMG Electric Drive and Smart Brabus electric drive.