'Electric Drive' Times Three For Mercedes-Benz

Three new battery-electric drive Mercedes-Benz vehicles celebrated their premieres this week at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

Together with the series-production version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive and the smart BRABUS electric drive, the show also premiered 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. Mercedes-Benz is going one step further with the equally environmentally friendly B-Class Natural Gas Drive, as well as the new A-Class, which is already enjoying a very successful market debut in France.

“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 and offers a range of 200 kilometers. 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 center of gravity.

Mercedes-AMG considers it is launching a whole new era with the new SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive – the zero-local-emissions super sports car with Formula 1 high-tech. Mercedes-Benz says it 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 kilowatts 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 kph (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds.


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