The model year 2017 is the last for Mercedes B-class Electric Drive, which went on sale in December 2013, as its place on Rastatt factory production line will be used to produce the next generation compact vehicles from this fall.

The petrol and diesel versions will stay in production for now, but there's no word on their successor. Instead of slow selling B-class Electric Drive, which was basically electric version of Mercedes-Benz compact hatchback, the German company will focus to its EQ family.

Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive will get a kind of successor in Mercedes-Benz EQ A representative of new family, which will have similar external dimensions but will be underpinned by new electric platform. Daimler will probably show it on Frankfurt motorshow this fall in any of development forms and it will most probably inherit a powertrain form Generation EQ crossover concept from the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which had theoretical range of around 500 kilometers.

This coincides well with Daimler's plans to bring 10 electric cars to the market by 2015 and raise their share to 15 to 20 percent of total Mercedes sales.

Aug. 2, 2017 Driving photo: Daimler

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