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Sometimes it seems like Europeans have it all – they work less, weigh less, not to mention that universal health care. And now they can add this to their list of perks: the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell.

It’s a sleek five-seater designed for urban areas, with a top speed of 93 mph. It can accelerate to 60 kph in about five seconds and has a range of 124 miles. It is available only in Europe, and mainly in Germany, France and the Netherlands. But it’s a hard model to score, even for them; there are only 500 units in production.

The E-Cell is particularly agile and durable, thanks in part to the placement of the battery-pack. Mercedes-Benz places it under the passenger compartment rather than squeezing it into the trunk or behind the seats. It gives the car a low center of gravity, making it light and responsive. It also makes for a safer vehicle; under the passenger compartment means it is outside of hazardous crumple zones.

Unfortunately, the company has no current plans to bring the E-Cell to the U.S. We’ll be left looking on in envy as our European brothers and sisters cruise in their new electrical treats; all we can do is pray Mercedes-Benz will change their minds. Perhaps dealers like will stock them, should they come over.