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Paris 2012: Mercedes-Benz goes electric

posted by Giannis

The electric car madness isn’t something new. It dates back to the “System Lohner-Porsche”, but after that, we have only seen applications that are destined for city-centres and not for the track. Up until now, as the SLS Electric Drive, the electric version of the gullwinged sportscar. Its four electric motors produce a combined output of 552kW and 1000Nm of torque which make the SLS Electric Drive the fastest electric-drive series-production vehicle in the world. According to MB, the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). The SLS GT is also shown next to its electric brother. The SLS GT features an increased power output, at 591 hp and the redeveloped AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension.

As far as the other end of MB’s line-up, two new B-Class concepts are shown, the B200 Natural Gas Drive and the B-Class Electric Drive. The B-Class Electric Drive, as the name suggest, is the electric version of the new B-Class and comes with an 100 kW electric motor that can give a maximum torque of 310Nm with the lightest touch of the gas pedal. The range is 200km, the charging time for 100km of range is under one hour at 400V and the clever packaging of the batteries ensures the same ample interior space as the gas powered B-Class.

You can find our photo gallery and MB’s press release after the jump!

Source: [Daimler]

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Mercedes-Benz at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
Stuttgart/Paris. Local emission-free electric vehicles are a key element of the Mercedes-Benz strategy for sustainable mobility. The Paris Motor Show will feature the world premieres of two additional models with electric drive: the Concept B-Class Electric Drive, which will be added to this broad product portfolio in 2014, and the fastest electric-powered series production vehicle in the world – the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive. The advances that the Stuttgart-based premium manufacturer has achieved in this field are demonstrated by electric passenger cars which are already being manufactured under series production conditions and demonstrating high everyday practicality today. Such vehicles include the B-Class F-CELL, the Vito E-CELL van and the smart fortwo electric drive.
Also in the spotlight at the Mercedes stand in Paris will be the B 200 Natural Gas Drive, showcasing the Mercedes-Benz strategy for sustainable mobility. Other highlights of the appearance at this year’s Motor Show include the new CLS Shooting Brake and the SLS AMG offensive featuring two new models. The sculpture “Aesthetics S” provides an idea of what form the design of luxury saloons might take in the near future. Another key attraction in Paris will be the new A-Class, which has enjoyed an excellent start.
Economical and low on emissions: the B 200 Natural Gas Drive
The new Mercedes B 200 Natural Gas Drive boasts a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 16 percent, markedly cleaner exhaust gases than with petrol or diesel and fuel costs around 50 percent lower than those for the comparable model with petrol engine. In natural gas mode, the 115 kW (156 hp) B 200 Natural Gas Drive runs on only 4.2 kg of fuel per 100 km – corresponding to CO2‑emissions of 115 g per kilometre. The so-called “ENERGY SPACE” in the floor ensures that both variants offer the same generous and variable space inside as the current series production models.
The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT offers enhanced driving dynamics and even better race track performance. Available in Coupé and Roadster variants, the SLS AMG GT raises the benchmark in decisive fashion once again, with a maximum output of 435 kW (591 hp), the optimised AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission and the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension.
The CLS Shooting Brake is a further highlight in the long line of innovative luxury vehicles from Mercedes-Benz. While unmistakably coupé in its proportions, the five-door model opens up a wealth of new possibilities with a roof extending back all the way to the rear end. An extravagant touch without parallel in the automobile industry is the designo wood luggage compartment floor, which highlights the interior’s hand-crafted character. For the American cherrywood luggage compartment floor, specially selected veneer sheets are glued and pressed by hand in five layers to attain a high level of dimensional stability.
The sculpture “Aesthetics S” provides an artistic vision of the design of luxury saloons in the near future. The aesthetics of the relief-like sculpture are combined with a fascinating projection. The resultant three-dimensional impression visualises the designers’ creativity in vivid form. The modern production in three acts, developed by the designers at Mercedes-Benz, will be on show in Hall 1 at the Paris Motor Show.
Emphatically emotional in design, dynamic and highly efficient, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class opens up a new chapter in the compact segment. The newly developed A-Class chassis provides for refined sportiness, featuring a four-link rear axle, electro-mechanical power steering with assistance functions and ESP® with “Extended Traction Control” for all engine variants. The high-quality interior with soft-touch surfacing also follows the maxim
“The best or nothing”.
Zero local emissions: Concept B-Class Electric Drive and SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive
“In developing our electric vehicles we accord top priority to customer benefits,” says Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Accordingly, the Concept B-Class Electric Drive demonstrates premium-standard electric mobility for all the family. The concept vehicle offers outstanding everyday practicality and great driving enjoyment. The world’s fastest electric car, the SLS AMG Electric Drive, shows just what is technologically possible with an electric drive.”
Mercedes-Benz will be offering an initial preview of the electric future for the B-Class at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in the guise of the Concept B-Class Electric Drive, which is to be launched in 2014. Quiet and emission-free drive power is provided by a 100 kW electric motor. At a top speed limited to 150 km/h, the capacity of the highly efficient lithium-ion battery ensures a range of 200 local emission-free kilometres.
With the new SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, Mercedes-AMG is entering a new era: the locally emission-free super sports car featuring advanced technology from the world of Formula 1 is the most exclusive and dynamic way in which to drive an electric car. The most powerful AMG high-performance vehicle of all time has four electric motors producing a total output of 552 kW and maximum torque of 1000 Nm. As a result, the gullwing model has become the world’s fastest electrically-powered series production vehicle: the SLS AMG Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

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