Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED First Drive Video, Deliveries Expected In July

8 months ago by Jay Cole 43

The ramp-up to the release of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is in full swing this week as parent Daimler is offering first drive ride-along opportunities to journalists around the country.

Mercedes Benz B-Class ED Goes Out For A Spin In The US

Mercedes Benz B-Class ED Goes Out For A Spin In The US

We hope to get our chance later this week, but until then here is another’s first hand tour inside the new all-electric car from Mercedes-Benz.

Until then we can update you on Mercedes initial roll-out release date statement given late last year:

“…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.”

We spoke to a company rep a couple days ago about the launch status and it appears to be going a little ahead of schedule as they confirmed that the launch would be well under way by “mid-summer.” 

A quick check with California-specific Mercedes Benz dealers would seem to confirm this new statement, as they are expecting US production to get underway in May in Germany with first deliveries happening in early July.

Disclaimer: While the video does state the range at 122 miles on the US cycle (nominal), we are fairly certain he is talking about the old LA4 metric, which works out to about 90-95 on the new EPA standard.

Here is the expected specs on the B-Class ED – official specs expected in early May:

  • 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds
  • 28 kWh battery pack
  • Range ~ 90 miles
  • 174 hp
  • 228 pound feet of torque
  • Top speed 100 mph
  • 10 kW charging capability
  • Price tag “in the low-mid $40s”

Hat tip to offib!

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43 responses to "Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED First Drive Video, Deliveries Expected In July"

  1. Alaa says:

    The 60kwh Tesla is more value for money and has free supercharging for life!

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      For a $2500 option, of course.

      Between that and the larger battery, the 60kWh model really isn’t worth it IMO, better to spring for the 85kWh, which gets you 25kWh of battery for $7500 net ($300/kWh).

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        Which is double the price of the B Class ED. Different cars for different purposes.

  2. Anon says:

    I understand the fear behind not radically cleaning up the HUGE grill and losing a branding opportunity– but I’ll still vote it “Worst Faux Grill on a Modern EV”.

    It just looks so wrong on a BEV…

    1. Spec9 says:

      Indeed. Even the Volt has a better fake grille and that actually has an ICE in there.

      1. Anon says:

        *nods*

        Until this car came along, the Volt was at the top of the list. ;)

  3. Mark says:

    What’s that thing he put into the dash at 2:00???

    1. kdawg says:

      LOL.. I thought the same thing. And of course it was when he was describing how nice a Mercedes Benz is compared to “just another EV”.

      1. Sam EV says:

        Ack, that’s terrible. The Leaf has me so spoiled in not having to use one of those.

        1. Anon says:

          Keys in EVs and analogue gauges
          Styling cues from the petrol ages

          All the ‘nachronisms an EV shouln’t be
          These are a few of the things that irk me…

          ;)

  4. Taser54 says:

    This is nice competition for the i3.
    Although, Tesla and MB have crippled it with no fast charge capability.

    1. Aaron says:

      Having driven the i3 this weekend, I would say it ain’t competition for the B-Class. The i3 is too small to compare. I stand by my assertion that the i3 is a really nice, fast, quiet, and expensive i-MiEV.

      I would say this is more of a step up from a LEAF owner. Higher quality materials, a little larger vehicle, still has 5-passenger capacity.

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        I test drove the i3 last Friday and I loved it. The i3 front and back seats had more room than my Volt – much wider seating and more headroom.

        I will be comparing both the Mercedes and the BMW when my current lease is up at the end of the year.

    2. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      CCS is coming later though, yes?

      Add another 12kWh of battery and it could replace my Volt.

  5. Martin says:

    Hey guys what does he actually mean when he says 122 miles on the us cycle? Is that EPA? That would be crazy but correlates with the other article on insideevs that said 28 kwh are actually usable in standard mode.

    1. kdawg says:

      From the article: “Disclaimer: While the video does state the range at 122 miles on the US cycle (nominal), we are fairly certain he is talking about the old LA4 metric, which works out to about 90-95 on the new EPA standard.”
      ——–

      But I see the car will be launching in Vermont. Hmmm can’t wait to see what kind of range they get in December.

      1. Taser54 says:

        How many Pints of Ben and Jerry’s can fit inside a B class?

    2. Taser54 says:

      85 on EPA.

  6. kdawg says:

    Sorry but braking does not convert potential energy to heat. It’s kinetic energy. Maybe he needs to listen to less Skrillex and take that physics course again.

    1. Taser54 says:

      Perhaps he dropped his physics course, converting it into kinetic energy.

  7. kdawg says:

    More gripes (sorry)

    * he refers to the drive train as an “engine”
    * they act like the connectivity is something new, by Mercedes.
    * physical analog gauges make me think antiquated.
    * it’s 4 years later and they now to where GM & Nissan were in 2010. And they had to rely on Tesla and even do a name-drop. They even named their app “My B-Class”… wow.. Just like GM’s “My Volt”.

    To me, it seems like Mercedes didn’t want to be left behind, so they threw an EV together with whatever they had & help from others. Now they are marketing it as the next best thing. I don’t see any reason to pay more for this vehicle vs any other 90 mile range BEV (unless you just want a Mercedes grill).

    1. Alonso Perez says:

      I actually like the analog gauges. Electric does not equal digital and analog is easy on the eyes. Not to mention, an analog speedometer won’t crash and go blank.

      1. Ricky says:

        Yes, it will crash analog or not. Analog even more likely because have the control electronics pus the mechanical moving parts that nowadays are fragile step motors. Ask Audi owners and the cluster f..

  8. Cavaron says:

    “28 kWh battery pack”

    I heard it’s 28 kwh usable in normal mode and about 32kwh in a Tesla-like range-charge-mode. Which let’s me assume that it includes a 34 to maybe 36 kwh battery pack in total.

    1. My estimates:

      Mercedes B-Class ED battery

      36.0kWh total – 100% SOC
      33.2kWh usable- 95.0% SOC
      28.0kWh usable- 80.0% SOC
      1.0kWh unusable- 2.7% SOC

      Rav4 EV with Tesla drivetrain:

      45.0kWh total – 100% SOC
      41.8kWh usable- 95.1% SOC = [( 41.8 + 1.0) / 45]
      35.0kWh usable- 80.0% SOC = [( 35.0 + 1.0) / 45]
      1.0kWh unusable- 2.2% SOC = [1.0) / 45]

      Range at 65mph (100km ground speed) on dry, hard surface level road with no wind or cabin climate control with new condition battery at 70F:

      B-Class ED – 3.8 miles per kWh (263 wattHours per mile) * 33.2kWh = 126 miles

      Rav4 EV – 3.4 miles per kWh (295 wattHours per mile) * 41.8kWh = 142 miles

      LEAF – 4 miles per kWh (250 wattHours per mile) * 21.3kWh = 85.2 miles

      1. Dave R says:

        Tony, 100 km/hr = 62 mi/hr, you’re too used to compensating for the generous LEAF speedometer. ;-)

      2. Mint says:

        Not sure if you already considered this, but there is good reason to think you’re right:

        Assume the Tesla-powered B-Class allows the same C-rate from the battery as the Model S.

        Base model: 225kW from 60kWh battery = 3.75C
        P85: 310kW from 85kWh battery = 3.64C

        B-Class: 130kW from a battery at C-rate no more than 3.7C implies the battery must be at least 35kWh. Without any mention of supercapacitors, and their limited dedication to EVs, I doubt MB will try to squeeze higher C-rates from Tesla’s battery than they do.

  9. Just in case folks don’t know why Daimler / Mercedes Benz is launching in the listed states first:

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

    This car is exceptionally quiet and refined compared to the 22 month slap together project that is the Toyota Rav4 EV.

    I think I’ll go test drive one.

  10. Leafer says:

    I live in Virginia, wonder if I will be able to lease/buy from a Maryland Benz dealer?

    1. TomArt says:

      So do I. I think it is reasonable to assume that you can buy any car anywhere in the US, and you should be able to drive it legally in VA. It would just require a transfer of tags when you register the car with the DMV.

  11. Spec9 says:

    So are they going to name this car or are we to forever call it the ‘Mercedes B Class electric’?

    1. Anon says:

      How about, “o’l Sparky”? ;)

  12. cmg186 says:

    Jay, do you know if the MB is also coming to Canada?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Actually I do. When we talked at a auto early last year (can’t recall which off the top of my head), they said they had “no plans,” however at the LA show we heard 2nd half of 2014.

      I’ll probably do a follow-up with MC Canada at some point and get the exact 411

      1. cmg186 says:

        Thanks Jay!

  13. I hope the regen selection paddles on the back of the steering wheel are similar to the Smart ED in that they have a free wheel coasting mode.

    I agree they missed a chance on the grill to make it lower drag and visually distinct – they should put just the MB logo circle in silver and the rest smooth and flush with the hood in the paint color.

    1. Anon says:

      That could be quite clean and classy. Alas, me thinks that’s too bold a move for their execs.

  14. pjwood says:

    Fore / Aft Headrest Adjustment. Have we arrived, or what?

  15. James says:

    You all know my stance on the efforts thus far by the German auto companies. I will have to say this is direct competition for i3 and it will be a tough choice. If this Mercedes, with it’s traditional look and high quality finishes can out-distance i3 at approximately the same pricepoint, and do it with an existing platform with a steel body – it will make i3′s tech wizbangery look even more questionalble. I do like the traditional doors and the solid look of it overall. I concur with those questioning the gaping grille when Mercedes did the BlueZERO ( EV ) and BlueZERO Plus ( PHEV ) concepts in 2009 and toured it around the auto show circuit with a filled-in grille. Or their
    Bionic Car or Boxfish concept which went even more aero. Why the big gaping grille on an EV? Do a Volt, at least, and fill in the gaps with plastic already.

    http://www.gizmag.com/mercedes-benz-bluezero-ev-concept-hits-detroit/10800/

    1. RJ says:

      While we are up….what is with the chrome/contrasting color side mirrors? A heat gun will take care of the ED graphics (I hope), and body color on the grille horizontals will clean up the front. However, getting the mirrors to become body color is going to be a bit more tricky.

      BTW, anybody know official tire size? 225/17?

      1. RJ says:

        225/45×17? My plan is to perhaps go to 235/40 or 45 to soften the run flat ride and fill the wheel wells a bit more.

      2. RJ says:

        Dealer says mirrors will be body color. No info on other questions, tires etc.

  16. Rick Kop says:

    Great, every other month I drive 256 miles to NYC. If it only had a back-up gas generator like the Volt, I would be sold.