The EQ A, set to be previewed in a Frankfurt motor show concept, is expected to be a similar size to the B-Class but built on a new, purpose-designed EV platform. As such, it will comfortably outpunch the B-Class and its 124-mile range, meaning a successor to the Electric Drive is highly unlikely.
The Electric Drive’s departure also signals the beginning of the end for the current B-Class range, which will bow out in the following months ahead of the launch of the next-generation model, which is due for market launch in 2018.
Although the future B-Class is not expected to include a new EV model, it will probably make use of electric technology for a plug-in hybrid variant. Sharing its powertrain with a hybrid version of the next A-Class, it’s predicted to offer an all-electric range of 31 miles.