Development of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is moving along smartly since we first saw the thing in shimmering-blue-concept form at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Now running about in prototype form, the B-Class ED is having some valuable cold-weather testing done in Sweden, as this box-fresh set of spy shots reveals.

If the concept car is a good indicator (it probably is) this prototype B-Class is likely making use of a Tesla-sourced lithium-ion battery pack, powering a 100-kilowatt electric motor. Initial estimates say that the B-Class ED should have a range of more than 120 miles, with a top speed in excess of 90 miles per hour.

The all-electric B-Class is expected to offer functionality along the lines of Toyota's large-hatchback Prius V, albeit with the loads of luxury features that befit any vehicle wearing the three-pointed star. The Electric Drive B-Class may be the only version of the vehicle that Mercedes-Benz offers for sale in the US – likely sometime late in 2013, as a 2014 model.


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      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Year Ago
      This fourth variant will mean that you can drive a B-Class with gas, diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, or pure electrons! Mercedes will be the first automaker to offer so many different drivelines in the same chassis.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        It's a credit to Mercedes engineers that they can design a platform so widely adaptable.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        They will be closely followed by the platforms in the VW range, who have redesigned every one of them to be usable by all the drivetrains. I don't think Americans quite realise the very large effort Germany is putting into alternative drivetrains, using a very different, and what a surprise, more methodical approach than that in the States. Over the next two years the German companies will be unveiling a large number of alternative drivetrain models.
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        what difference does that make? It's not like you can swap out one for another when you feel like.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      C'mon Mercedes . . . have some balls and actually build this thing.
      atc98092
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll bet cracking 100 miles for range will be a big draw for an EV. Just a nice round number, and it sounds like so much more than 90 :)
      Audi Love
      • 1 Year Ago
      What dafuq is this? I thought Mercedes was a luxury brand, not some brand that makes boring generic ecofriendly crap.
        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Audi Love
        If you visited Europe you would see loads of A and B class Mercs.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      "albeit with the loads of luxury features that befit any vehicle wearing the three-pointed star" Mercedes? Luxury features? Laughed so hard, I squirted coffee out of my nose. Care to name a few? and no, plastic seats don't count.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        Plastic seats? Nappa leather covered steering wheel, seats, door centre panels, arm rests, and the dashboard. The actually feature list isn't yet published, but there's no reason to doubt that the B-Class ED will be available with a wide range of luxury features, already available on ICE versions.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Year Ago
      More biz for Tesla is always good news. And hey, the ModelS has steering column stalks and window switches from Merc so it goes both ways. :) But this will not be anything like a ModelS, I can't imagine one way they'd have similar numbers.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTH? Is it just me or does this look like a Kia Sedona....?
      Jai302
      • 1 Year Ago
      The A class looks sooooooo much better than this.
      Cavaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Telsa-pack? Thought Mercedes/Daimler is going for pouchy cells from LiTec like in the Smart.
      Anthracity
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drove the electric B-class at last year's IAA in Frankfurt. It was my first electric car experience, and I was hugely impressed by the lack of noise in the cabin. I didn't like the disconnected feel of the accelerator pedal, but of course they might have changed that by now.
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