This is underscored by the three new battery-electric drive cars celebrating their premieres at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Together with the series-production version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive and the smart BRABUS electric drive, the show also sees the premiere of the B-Class Electric Drive concept, a battery-electric variant of the B-Class.
While both two-seaters set sporty accents – each in their own way – the electric B Class, due for market launch in 2014, presents a compelling case with its full everyday usability.
“Three new electric cars in three different segments – a wonderful demonstration of our broad-ranging e-mobility line-up. Our new electric SLS of course symbolizes the dynamism of the Mercedes-Benz brand in a particularly impressive fashion,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The three electric cars shown in Paris come with the suffix “Electric Drive” in their model designations. In future, this lettering will grace the rear lid of all battery-electric passenger vehicles from Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-AMG and smart.
The B-Class Electric Drive concept combines comfortable driving fun with full everyday and family usability. It is driven by a 100 kW electric motor, which delivers exceptional dynamics plus a range of 200 kilometers (124 miles) thanks to its powerful torque of 310 Newton meters. Ensuring that the generous and variable interior space remains unaffected is the “ENERGY SPACE” in the vehicle floor in front of the rear axle. It provides a space-saving and secure location for the lithium-ion battery, while also benefiting the vehicle’s centre of gravity.
Mercedes-AMG is launching a whole new era with the new SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive – the zero-local-emissions super sports car with Formula 1 high-tech is the most exclusive and dynamic way to drive an electric car. The most powerful of all AMG high-performance vehicles is equipped with four electric motors delivering a total output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1,000 Nm. These vital statistics make the gullwing the fastest electric-drive series-production vehicle in the world – the SLS AMG Electric Drive completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds.