The Concept B-Class Electric Drive is based on the latest B-Class. But instead of a conventional petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet, the new concept uses an electric motor which develops 134bhp and 310Nm of torque.
Mercedes claims a range of 124 miles, while the battery can be charged either from a household plug, or a 400V high-voltage quick charger.
A lithium-ion battery, located ahead of the rear axle in what Mercedes calls the energy space, provides power for the motor.
The energy space was always part of the B-Class’s design, so the switch from petrol to electric power does not compromise interior space.
It is slated to go on sale in 2014 as part of Mercedes’ new Electric Drive strategy, which will be announced at the Paris show.
As part of the plan, any purely electric Mercedes models - from the Smart Brabus electric drive right up to the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive - will bear an ‘Electric Drive’ badge on its boot.