BREAKING: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Priced From $41,450

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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz has just announced that the 2015 B-Class Electric Drive will come with a base MSRP of $41,450 in the US when it hits dealerships starting this Summer.

“…B-Class ED will be available starting summer 2014 at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers in select states — CA, CT, MD, OR, NJ, NY, RI and VT  — and then nationwide in early 2015.”

But we hear that the launch is actually moving a bit ahead of schedule.

At $41,450, the B-Class ED is essentially the same (+$100) price as the BEV version of the BMW i3, which has a base MSRP of $41,350.

Mercedes-Benz says that even a base B-Class ED will come generously equipped with items such as power front seats, cruise control, navigation and so on.

Mercedes-Benz always shows a concern for absolute safety and, as such, will fit the B-Class ED with these features as standard active-safety equipment:

  • Attention Assist
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Collision Prevention Assist 
  • Adaptive Brake Assist

Of course, airbags and seatbelts and loads of other safety-related gear is standard, too.

2-15 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2-15 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Some of the optional features that Mercedes-Benz is willing to reveal at this time include:

B-Class Electric Drive

B-Class Electric Drive

  • 7-inch infotainment system with internet connectivity
  • Upgraded GPS navigation
  • LINGUATRONIC voice control

The B-Class Electric Drive was developed in cooperation with Tesla, which means it features a Tesla electric drive system, 10 kW charging system and 28-kWh battery pack.

The electric motor generates 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque. The B-Class Electric Drive will sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.9 seconds.  Top speed is limited to 100 mph.

Range, according to Mercedes-Benz, is estimated at 85 miles on the EPA standard, but we believe that can be boosted significantly higher by selecting “Range Mode” when charging the B-Class.

With pricing for the B-Class ED and BMW i3 nearly identical, which one would you choose?

One seats 5 (M-B), while the other seats only 4 (BMW).  One features carbon fiber and zips from 0 to 60 MPH in 7 seconds (BMW), while the other is of a more conventional, familiar design yet hits 60 MPH in 7.9 seconds and hauls more cargo (M-B).

Hmm…With the addition of this plug-in vehicle priced as it is, choosing between the two becomes increasingly difficult.

Below:  Today’s Mercedes-Benz Press release on the B-Class ED

April 28, 2014 – MONTVALE, NJ

The all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive   features dynamic design, a premium interior and a powerful   electric motor for emission-free mobility. This allows for   lively, effortless driving pleasure over a real-world range of   85 miles (EPA)*. In addition, the B-Class Electric Drive is   digitally networked. Thanks to its connectivity, it can be   conveniently checked and configured via the internet. As the   Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, the B-Class Electric   Drive sets clear standards in terms of comfort, quality and   safety for up to five occupants. The B-Class Electric Drive,   bearing the unmistakable three-pointed star trademark, will   first be launched in the US market in the summer of 2014.

The new B-Class Electric Drive surprises with an especially   dynamic driving experience. It provides noticeably powerful   acceleration, while gliding along quietly. The new electric   Mercedes offers the driver and up to four passengers the familiar   high standards of ride comfort in a high-class, spacious and   precision-designed interior. The B-Class Electric Drive combines   dynamic and driving pleasure with zero local emissions – in short:   it delivers electric driving at premium level.

Powerful drive with brisk acceleration

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is based on the   conventionally powered B-Class, for which the current generation   has become a bestseller since being launched in many countries in   2011. Since the launch of the first B-Class version in 2005,   Mercedes-Benz has seen customers taking delivery of over one   million of these vehicles. As an especially versatile vehicle   concept, the B-Class with its innovative electric drive now allows   additional environmental friendly capabilities to Mercedes   standards.

Mercedes-Benz has collaborated with TESLA Motors to develop the   electric B-Class. The two companies share many years of   cooperation in the field of electric mobility. The battery for the   predecessor model of the smart fortwo electric drive, for instance,   came from TESLA. For the B-Class Electric Drive, Mercedes-Benz is   once again leveraging the extensive know-how available from the   electric car pioneer and is using the TESLA drive system in its own   vehicle.

Quiet and local emission-free driving is ensured by an electric   motor generating 177 hp (132 kW). Typical for an electric drive   system, the motor develops its maximum torque of 251 lb-ft (340   Newton meters) from the very first touch of the accelerator. This is   approximately equivalent to the torque from a modern three-liter   gasoline engine. The result is noticeably powerful acceleration   from a standing start. The electrically driven B-Class drives from   zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Effortless drivability and   exhilarating driving pleasure with a high level of comfort are thus   guaranteed in every situation.

The power supply to the electric drive is delivered via a highperformance   lithium-ion battery, which is compactly and safely   housed in the “Energy Space” in the underfloor of the vehicle. Such   intelligent packaging allows the five-seater to retain the B-Class’s   familiar spaciousness in both its interior and its luggage compartment of 17.69-51.42 ft3.

Zero emissions also on longer journeys

In the interests of optimizing range, the top speed is electronically   limited to 100 mph. Depending on driving cycle; the vehicle has a   range of 85 miles (EPA)*. This permits emission-free driving not   just in city traffic and on short journeys, but also over longer distances – such as a daily commute. The B-Class Electric Drive can   be charged from any standard domestic power socket. For a range   of 60 miles, the charging time at 240V in the United States is less   than 2 hours*. On the road, the electric drive itself makes its own   contribution to a favorable energy balance by converting kinetic   energy into electric current during coasting and braking, and feeds   this energy into the battery.

Dynamic Mercedes-Benz design

Refined sportiness combined with aesthetic appeal – the B-Class   Electric Drive features the self-assured and dynamic styling so   typical of Mercedes with powerfully defined lines and finely   crafted details. The front and rear sections express the width of the   vehicle. This is ensured by the wide, prominent grille and the   headlamps, which wrap round into the sides, as well as by the   wide rear window, two-piece tail lights and large tailgate with deep   sill. A dynamic look is created by door-sill panels and striking   bumpers with bar-shaped LED daytime running lamps. The charge   socket is inconspicuously installed behind the conventional fuel   door.

Sporty interior with classy touches

The interior underscores the high standards of comfort typical of   Mercedes-Benz. High-grade materials and finely textured surfaces,   classy touches and precision workmanship make it clear that   Mercedes-style electric drive is defined by high standards.

The three large round center air vents with their uniquely styled   cruciform nozzles add a sporty flair that contributes to the overall   emotive design idiom of the interior. Positioned above the air vents   and seemingly free-floating is the screen for the telematics system   – a state-of-the-art eye-catcher in the cockpit.

In terms of information and communication systems, the electric   B-Class offers levels of comfort and functionality that is customary   of any Mercedes-Benz. The standard equipment package includes a head unit with 5.8 in (14.7 cm) color display, twin tuner and MP3- Page 4   compatible CD player as well as USB port. The Becker® MAP   PILOT is the standard navigation system while the COMAND   multimedia system with internet access, navigation and   LINGUATRONIC voice control is also optionally available.

The instrumentation of the B-Class Electric Drive is rounded off by   functions that are specific to electric vehicles. One of the striking   features is the power display in the right-hand circular instrument.   The instrument pointer moves in a clockwise direction from the   green zone towards the red zone, when full power is demanded by   the driver. It drops back below the zero line when the vehicle is   feeding energy into the battery through the recuperation feature.

Ideally networked: connected services

Thanks to its state-of-the-art technology, the B-Class Electric Drive   is not just sustainable and agile, but also connected. For example,   the Vehicle Homepage allows convenient remote interaction and   remote configuration of the vehicle. The driver can use their PC or   smartphone to conveniently access the vehicle via the internet. It   is possible, for instance, to determine the current state of charge of   the lithium-ion battery or show the vehicle’s current range on a   map. In addition, the planned route can be displayed, showing at a   glance where the vehicle can be recharged along the way, should   this prove necessary. The range of connected services is rounded   off by a feature that allows individually timed pre-heating or   cooling of the vehicle. This pre-entry climate control system makes   the B-Class Electric Drive unique in its segment.

Big on safety

Mercedes-Benz applies its familiar, high safety standards to the BClass   Electric Drive. Thanks to the innovative “Energy Space”, the   battery is safely accommodated in the underfloor of the vehicle,   where it is ensured protection in the event of a crash. In addition,   Mercedes-Benz has equipped this innovative electric car with the   radar-based collision warning system COLLISION PREVENTION   ASSIST with adaptive Brake Assist as standard. This assistance   system gives the driver a visual and audible warning of detected    obstacles, prepares them for braking action and assists them with   the braking process as the situation requires. In this way, it   significantly reduces the danger of a rear-end collision. Additional   cutting-edge driver assistance systems are also available, including   Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Active Parking Assist.

Electric drive made by Mercedes-Benz

Locally emission-free electric vehicles such as the new B-Class   Electric Drive are a key part of Mercedes-Benz’s strategy for   sustainable mobility. The Stuttgart-based premium manufacturer   is asserting its claim to leadership in this sector with electric   vehicles that are fully suitable for everyday use. Mercedes-Benz   aims to strengthen its position in future, not least with the new BClass   Electric Drive, which will be available initially in the USA as   of mid of 2014, before subsequently being launched in European   markets.

Technical data*

Output 177 hp (132 kW)
Torque 251 lb-ft (340 Nm)
Range 85 miles (EPA)
Charging time for a range of     60 miles [US City] USA: under 2 h at 240V
Acceleration 0-60 mph 7.9 seconds (estimated)
Top speed 100 mph (160 km/h),     electronically limited

*provisional figures

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86 responses to "BREAKING: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Priced From $41,450"

  1. TomArt says:

    Simple – BMW fans and the BMW inclined will buy the i3, and the Benz fans will buy the B-Class. Outside of those groups, someone wanting a more traditional appearance would go with the Benz, while a sportier, perhaps younger, crowd would go with the i3. The rest, who knows – there’s no accounting for taste. I’m waiting for an AWD Model E Sport w/adaptive cruise control…one can dream…

    1. Stephen H. says:

      Actually Mercedes customers will just buy a Model S. What is Mercedes thinking with the golf cart? Technology exists now for a 300 mile no compromise electric car that can reach 60 in about 5 seconds and Mercedes either keeps building BS hybrid nonsense cars or crippled golf carts like the B class.

      1. Just_chris says:

        I think the additional weight, size and cost of the larger battery pack in a model S is quite a significant compromise. I almost never drive 300 miles and I can’t think of a time on a road where I needed to get to 60 mph in 5 seconds. I can think of plenty of times when I needed park in a small parking spot, travel down a narrow lane or when $20-30 000 would be quite handy. Granted the B-class is not all that different to the model S in these respects as it is a fairly large car and quite expensive but it is different enough to warrant a place in the market.

        I also find it somewhat ironic that you suggest that the technology in the MB is different to the technology in the Tesla. The technology is pretty much identical with the differences essentially being a series of compromises made at the design stage by both manufacturers.

        1. Rob Stark says:

          Almost nobody drives 300 miles on a daily or monthly basis but the big battery is about eliminating range anxiety.

          It is about turning on the radio, AC and taking a detour to the market without staring at the fuel gauge.

          The large battery provides more than range but also better acceleration. About once or twice a year 0-60 in 4 seconds gets me out of a potential accident. That is more handy than $30K. And sometimes 0-6- in 4 seconds is not about need but pleasure.

          MB and to a lesser extent BMW is diluting its brand by making compromised cars. Instead of luxury cars and ultimate driving machines.

          1. Brian says:

            I don’t want to drive where you drive. I have never had a car that can go 0-60 in 4 seconds, and I get into accidents far less than once or twice a year! The roads near you must be incredibly dangerous!

        2. Dave Lindfield says:

          Are you kidding me? When is the extra weight and cost ever an issue for someone buying a Mercedes? Those care are bought for uncompromised performance and luxury. Period.

          I was considering buying an S550 and though I like the new W222 design after my Tesla test drive, I don’t think I can ever buy another gasoline powered car. I also don’t want a glorified golf cart crippled by Mercedes.

          Like someone else said if Tesla can build a 300 mile range car that can reach 60 in 5 seconds why can’t Mercedes?

          I for one will not be buying a B class golf cart, or a hybrid nonsense S500 that is neither a great EV nor a great gasoline car. If Mercedes wants my business they better figure out a way to build an electric car without compromise.

          1. Just_chris says:

            I am not saying that the model S is a bad car or that the B-class is a stroke of genius but they are different cars for different drivers based largely on the same technology.

            No one will ever buy a B class because it is the ultimate anything, that goes for the ICE version or the BEV, it is for those who want to drive in comfort for a price.

            If cost was no issue and performance was everything then you could buy a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG electric drive, admittedly you don’t get the 300 miles or the much loved supercharging network but you do get better performance. The B-class, i3, MIEV, LEAF, volt, P1, Porsche’s and even the compliance cars are all valuable additions to the market.

            The model S will go down in history as a car that changed the world but in 20 years time it will be considered out dated, heavy and cumbersome compared to the latest generation of high end BEV luxury cars.

            1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

              And in that intervening 20 years, the Teslas built in the past will still be on the road and far more reliable than its ICE-powered contemporaries (apart from a battery swap/upgrade at some point which would be comparable in expense to a high-end vehicle getting a new transmission and engine rebuild, without all the maintenance headaches in the intervening years), but the Tesla of 2034 will be more advanced than the competition if it hasn’t bought/been bought by them.

              If you’re going to be cannibalized, best to cannibalize yourself. This is what Steve Jobs was right about when it came to iPod and iPhone.

          2. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

            Indeed, weight in a car gives it a feeling of stability and solidity, and weight that far down in the chassis gives it a feeling of nimbleness and tossability. Plus, the smoothness of electric drive is unrivaled by any ICE car ever built. Rolls Royce _WISHES_ they had a motor with the smooth, silent, even, effortless delivery of power that Tesla has. Nothing powered by explosions and reciprocating masses comes close.

            I would rather have a 2-ton EV for day-to-day driving than a 1.5 ton economy car.

            1. TomArt says:

              True, and everyone is talking about the higher-priced 85kWh model. The 60kWh is not as expensive (and probably not as heavy, but I really don’t know) and has the officially rated range of 208 miles. I can comfortably do 99% of my annual driving with that range, nothing else needed.

      2. Victor F. says:

        People, the consumer that spends 100k on a S550 is not looking in to saving 100 dollars a week in gas. The wealthy buys what is fast, new, head turner, prestigious does not care about what most of you talk about.
        If you buy a Tesla, you are wealthy,respect the earth and don’t contribute in to pollution,

    2. SittingBull says:

      As soon as we got our Spark EV I said; Someone is going to put another motor in the back, and then one on each corner. If they were all controlled to use power by a computer that monitored traction, (they will be of course) I can’t imagine what the road adhesion would be like. I grew up in snow country. It should stick to the road like a fly sticks to the ceiling.

  2. Brian says:

    Well, both are out of my budget, but with a family of 4, I would choose the MB hands down. I’m sure the BMW is more fun (I had a chance to ride in one last weekend at NYIAS), but the trunk is tiny.

  3. Brent says:

    No DC fast charging on the Mercedes is a deal killer for me, I will be getting an i3, if there was DC fast charging, then I would seriously consider this instead.

    1. evnow says:

      But i3 has no practical QC either.

      1. Dave R says:

        Yeah, it’s called a range extender.

        1. Spec9 says:

          But that adds $4K for a little two-cylinder motorcycle engine with a tiny gas tank.

          1. Mint says:

            $4k is less than $25k+, which how much more you’d have to spend over the i3′s base price to get a Model S instead, and you can drive as far as you want without needing to look for or spend time at charging stations.

            I suspect range extenders will be $1500-2000 at some point.

      2. Mikael says:

        The i3 will have a practical QC in a year or two. The MB will never have it.

        It’s quite a difference.

        1. evnow says:

          Depends on the state/region. Don’t see any possibility of a decent SAE QC anywhere except CA.

          1. Taser54 says:

            Maryland will have it.

        2. Jesse Gurr says:

          I hope you realize that QC in this case, BMW or MB, would be SAE combo charger, not Chademo.

          1. GSP says:

            SAE Combo DC fast charge is better than NO fast charge at all. Of course, installation of some chargers would be helpful.

            The Leaf has DC fast charge, heated rear seats, and heated steering wheel. Mercedes needs to offer these basic, and required, EV features to compete.

            GSP

            1. TomArt says:

              Agreed.

  4. Anon says:

    Ah, Germans and their conservatively designed EVs…

    1. Stephen H. says:

      You mean Germans and their crippled electric cars. Apparently they don’t want to build a no compromise electric car like the Model S.

      1. Spec9 says:

        It is hard to get old dogs to learn new tricks. But they can learn.

        1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

          To paraphrase Upton Sinclair, it’s hard to get a dog to learn new tricks when its meals are given when it does old tricks. And too bad the dog’s too dumb to see what meals it could get for doing the new tricks, but it’s a dumb dog.

          Tesla’s the smart dog :)

  5. Leader says:

    It will be interesting to see how mb handles leasing and the $7,500 fed credit….. Let’s hope they offer a plan similar to Nissan and don’t follow BMW’s lead .

    1. Sam EV says:

      Is this price before or after the fed credit?

      1. Steve Strange says:

        Price is before tax credits and incentives.

    2. TT says:

      I would imagine they would handle the tax credit like they do the Smart ED.

  6. pjwood says:

    I’d pick the Merc, over the BMW, but lacking L3 is a deal-breaker for me too. Mercedes probably serves more >2 car households than any other brand. So, what’s 41k for the milk fetcher, or some wheels for the au pair.

  7. David Murray says:

    is this a PHEV or a BEV? 80 miles range seems very low for a Tesla designed battery system unless it was a PHEV. As for taste, I’d prefer the Leaf any day over this vehicle both inside and out. I’m not much of a fan of luxury cars anyway.

    1. Steve Strange says:

      It’s a BEV. The battery is slightly higher capacity than the LEAF, so I would expect an additional 10-15 miles of range over the real-world LEAF range.

    2. BraveLilToaster says:

      What? This has a way nicer interior than the top-end Leaf, has more features, better safety features, bigger motor, faster level 2 charger…

      The only way it’s inferior to a Leaf is the lack of Level 3 charging, but they made up for that by being able to get a full charge in under 2 hours in way more places and far cheaper chargers.

      1. David Murray says:

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I saw analog gauges on the Mercedes. Sorry, analog is of the past.

        1. arne-nl says:

          +1

          It’s always that WTF? moment when I see 19th century mechanical gauges on an EV.

      2. GSP says:

        Does the B-class have heated steering wheel and rear seats like the base-model $28k Leaf S?

        GSP

  8. ggpa says:

    The specs are good. Add L3 and they would be great.

    But it remains a compliance car, which comes with problems, like

    (1) it is not always easy to get such cars serviced

    (2) The car is an orphan from day 1, you know it will not get updates and improvements

    (3) Bad resale value – Let’s hope Mercedes comes up with a good lease offer.

    1. BraveLilToaster says:

      It’s a compliance car?

      “…B-Class ED will be available starting summer 2014 at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealers in select states — CA, CT, MD, OR, NJ, NY, RI and VT — and then nationwide in early 2015.”

      If that were the case, they would have no plan to sell it outside of CA and OR, like the Chevy Spark is.

      1. ggpa says:

        It can be for sale everywhere but out of stock, like the Fit EV, or the Fiat EV.

        I think this is a low volume car, like the RAV EV, basically a compliance car

      2. Of course this car is built for CARB-ZEV.

        CARB-ZEV states – California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont

        CARB states – Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, District of Columbia

  9. qwerty says:

    Tesla designed battery pack and MB crippled the capacity. Yet another EV that couldn’t break the 100 mile barrier.

    Tisk, Tisk, what a shame. They should’ve went with a 40KWh pack and allowed it to hit the Supercharger network. To a Merc buyer/owner, i’m pretty sure the extra $2K to be able to charge via supercharger would be a no brainer.

    Boat missed MB!

    1. Mint says:

      To be fair to MB, I’m pretty sure Tesla asked for a lot of money to add those features.

    2. With a 40kWh pack, a 120 mile range would not reliably get you between SC stations. Although it might be nice to have in Freemont, Gilroy, Hawthorne, etc, those are already the most congested. It would break the model of SC being for travel between cities.

    3. Jesse Gurr says:

      Tesla never offered their 40kWh car with supercharging, they would have to go to 60kWh to get that

  10. Spec9 says:

    Damn . . . that is reasonably priced. Now if they could add DC fast charging put in another 24KWH of battery and charge $10K more.

    1. ggpa says:

      The list price is mostly academic. Most of these will be leased. It will be interesting to see if they come up with an attractive lease offer.

  11. Khai L. says:

    Having 2 kids and own a leaf for quite a while now, this b-class EV is perfect for us. Our plans are now b-class as a commuter, and model E (or used model X) as the 2nd (aka, long range) car. For the price ($9k less than RAV 4EV) and considering that it’s available this summer (as opposed to 2017/2018), it’s a step in the right direction.

    For multi-vehicle households, you only need 1 long range vehicle, everything else should be a reasonable-range BEV (leaf, spark, focus EV, i3, b-class EV, etc), because that’s all you’ll need it for. No QC necessary. Only the single-car households should hold out for the model E or equivalent.

    1. TT says:

      You can also just rent a car for long range vacations, road trips.

      1. Khai L. says:

        True, and I know it’ll work for some people. But if you only have a single vehicle, and it isn’t capable of long range driving, then finding transportation to get to a rental store and waiting to figure out what vehicle is available isn’t exactly on my list of pleasant ways to spend the morning of a road-trip.

        Plus weekend getaways (leave friday evening and return sunday night) would require a bit more planning and a few extra buffer hours to pick up and return the rental.

        That’s why I don’t think this vehicle would work for the single-car households at all. Leaf might, since it is much less expensive to own for about 80% of the b-class’ range.

        1. Mint says:

          BEVs aren’t meant for single car households. Even the Model S will rarely find itself the only car.

          But if you ignore households without a car, 73% have 2 or more:
          http://cta.ornl.gov/data/tedb32/Edition32_Chapter08.pdf

          That’s a pretty big market. We’re a long, long way from even 10%, so the single-car-household market isn’t a worry right now.

        2. Aaron says:

          Although I’ve never had to use it, there is a rental car shop within walking distance of my house. Pretty convenient if I need a long-distance car for a trip.

        3. Syrinx says:

          I just faced this issue last weekend. We have 2 BEV’s (RAV 4 EV and Focus EV). They are both our daily commuter cars, and are perfect for all of our needs 98% of the time. We were going on a 300 mile road-trip this weekend though. I researched how doable it would have been in the RAV, and came to the pretty quick conclusion that the hassle would far outweigh the pleasure of driving it. So I filled up my ICE Explorer ($95 tank of gas) and had a great trip.

          If I had a Tesla, though, I would not have to have made that trade-off.

  12. B-Class arriving with a 28 kWh battery pack vs. RAV4 EV having a 41 kWh Tesla pack. This will give the B-class a 85 miles vs. 103 miles for RAV4 EV.

    The B-Class seems to offer more powerful motor and comforts, but little addional range; compared to a Leaf. It will be interesting how MB shoppers will view B-Class MSRP vs. higher priced RAV4 EV and the lower priced Leaf (with a 84 mile range)? Makes for some interesting cross-shopping options!

  13. Ocean Railroader says:

    There isn’t a wow factor with this car only a wow factor with the sticker price.

    So far no one has really tried to break the 100 mile range barrier. For this price they could have tried to at least put a 32 kilowatt battery pack in and some fast charging abilities.

    1. Mike says:

      Huh? No one has broken the 100 mile barrier? The Tesla Model S has a 280 mile range. It also looks fantastic unlike the B Class.

      1. TomArt says:

        I think Ocean meant in this vehicle segment.

    2. The lack of DC charging is definitely the most curious omission. Giving it an extra 20 miles range would definitely have elevated it appreciably over its rivals, and the extra cost easily justified in a luxury brand.

  14. ggpa says:

    “2 hour Charging time for a range of 60 miles [US City]”

    I think that is their way of saying that L2 @ 10kW will add 30 miles of range every hour.

    Since most public L2 EVSEs only provide 6.6 kW, one should plan to only get 20 miles per hour.

    1. Bloggin says:

      With a 100 mile range, who cares about public charging with a daily commuter EV. All charging will happen at home, at night, at the lowest rates.

      1. ggpa says:

        You write “who cares about public charging”. Most readers do. You are the exception.

        If you follow the blog regularly, you’ll see that the charging articles always get lots of comments.

        For this particular article, several folks lamented the lack of L3 charging on this vehicle.

  15. Bloggin says:

    Well done MB.

    It seems the realities of public charging are outweighing the hype of public charging with 80-100 mile EVs.

    The smart EV consumer will buy an EV ONLY if it offers enough range for their longest daily/weekend commute on one charge. This eliminates the need for public charging, along with paying for expensive public fast charging.

    Faster L2 home charging is much more important and MB was smart to add the fast 10kW onboard charger at 30+ miles per hour charge rate.

    1. evnow says:

      Is that how Ford justifies not having QC on FFE ?

    2. What is the utility of extra fast home charging? Unless you’re going on multiple long runs from home base in a single day, the constraint on home charge time is the length if the super off peak rate window. For most utilities, that’s six hours (five in San Diego).

      You need fast charging when you need to drive beyond your normal commute, or reposition the car (e.g. a week or two vacation a couple hundred miles out of town) Three or even four 30 minute QC sessions is doable. Three or four 4 hr sessions is probably not for most people.

      1. miimura says:

        I have done one necessary “fast charge” on my RAV4 EV. I had a full day of activities and two airport runs. In order to make it to SFO and back, I had to charge on a Saturday afternoon when I only had 2 hours at home. The 9.6kW charge rate and my 40A EVSE made it possible. PG&E E-9 Off-Peak is all day Sat/Sun except 5-9pm Part-Peak. So, no problem.

  16. Leader says:

    No mention of the heater? Heat pump anyone?
    Heated steering wheel?
    Electrically heated windscreen?
    All important for winter range

  17. Jay Cole says:

    Just as a heads-up/teaser we will be doing a follow-up piece shortly pricing out all the options and the additional “range package”

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Sorry fellas, it is coming, lol. (no that wasn’t the piece Aaron, heeh)

          Just been having some issues with the amount of content that has been rolling out of late (140 stories in the queue atm) and who is doing what piece. Hopefully after we get all the April sales reporting done.

          Just for fun here is a Stand-alone items for the B-Class Ed for options and pricing:

          Heated Seats – $580
          Burl Walnut Wood Trim Matter – $325
          Recuperation Paddles – $350
          Rear View Camera – $460
          PARKTRONIC w/Park Assist – $970

          …but there is a biggie option in there too that I mentioned before, (;

    1. Anon says:

      Rhuts a range rackage, Roarge?

    2. RJ says:

      Jay, thanks and please include the specs for the tires, if you can, along with your listing of available options their descriptions and pricing. MB seems to be incredibly secretive about the details of what I expect their new EV will be….a marketplace game changer.

  18. Alonso Perez says:

    The B class has a cd of 0.26. The i3 0.29.

    That’s 10% less, which at highway speeds is quite significant. The B class even has slightly lower drag than the Leaf.

    OTOH, Tesla thermal management does consume some energy. We’ll have to see what the EPA says.

    1. miimura says:

      Yes, we’re all curious about what the EPA has to say about the B-Class ED range.

    2. alohart says:

      Cd is only part of the equation with frontal area completing the drag calculation. If the B-class has a greater frontal area than the i3, the B-class’ better Cd would be offset by its larger frontal area making its total drag not much different from an i3. But if the frontal area of the B-class is equal or less than that of the i3, the B-class should be more efficient at highway speeds.

      But the huge weight disadvantage of the B-class relative to the i3 would make the B-class less efficient in urban driving.

  19. jzj says:

    1. That MB is building a real EV is great.
    2. This csr will wind up selling more Teslas, as it will get more and more people confortable with EVs as mainstream and then they will start comparing them.
    3. It will be a fine second car for around-town for many households that like and trust MB.

  20. arne-nl says:

    The lack of fast charging makes leaving this thing at the dealer a no brainer.

  21. Mark says:

    Winter range would be the question for me. I need a car that can drive 50km, be parked outside in -30C for 12 hours, and then driven another 50km. Without any charging. Can this car do it???

  22. RedLeafBlueLeaf says:

    “One seats 5 (M-B), while the other seats only 4 (BMW).”

    You mean the BMW seats two and you can pretend two other people can sit in there. But if you do they’d better be older than car seat age (because trying to reach kids in car seats in the back of the BMW can cause back sprains) and younger than pre-teens.

    Otherwise, I’ll agree with many other posters who cite the lack of QC as the deal breaker. Now that we finally have QCs in our area there is no way I’d have a car without QC capability.

  23. kdawg says:

    “With pricing for the B-Class ED and BMW i3 nearly identical, which one would you choose?”
    ———–

    I’m not interested in a MB or BMW so it’s like the lesser of 2 evils. But if I had to choose it would be the BMW i3. Carbon fiber, unique styling, faster. The MB is kinda boring to me, and I dont like the antiquated looks inside & out (physical analog gauges.. blah)

    They both are overpriced for what you get IMO. I guess you are buying the brand badge.

  24. confused says:

    And why does it have a hump in the second row? I can’t wait for my Model E instead.

    1. Anon says:

      Camels have them. Maybe it’s a dromedary? ;)

  25. Martin T says:

    Wow nice,
    But can we have a range extender option please?