Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Out, Long Range EQ A Electric In

6 days ago by Mark Kane 20

Mercedes B-Class ED sales in U.S. – June 2017

After more than three years on the market, Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive (now known as just the B 250e) production in Germany will wind down this Fall.  But there is still some time to order one if you are so inclined.

2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive – Image Credit: Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs

The all-electric B-Class ED offered up to 107 miles of all-electric range (87 without the reserve), but never made made a big splash anywhere it was sold – mostly do to the fact it was a virtual secret inside the Mercedes lineup, and never promoted.

We got in touch with Mercedes in Germany and they gave InsideEVs the following statement on the B 250e, and a bit on the company’s future plans:

“The Mercedes Benz plant in Rastatt is currently working on the release of the next generation of compact vehicles, which starts 2018.

In this context we are switching our production capacities so that the B-Class with electric drive (B 250 e) will be phased out in the third quarter and therefore only a limited number of vehicles can be ordered. “

In the U.S., over three years between July 2014 and June 2017, only 3,710 were sold and demand was flat over most of that time. Sales in Europe were at nearly 2,800 in 2015 and less than 3,600 in 2016).

Daimler introduced the Mercedes B-Class ED by first hiring Tesla for its developments, and to supply for power-trains and batteries – a relationship that actually ended quite some time ago.

Now it’s time for Daimler to develop an in-house, all-electric model under EQ brand. It’s expected that later this year German manufacturer will present its concept long-range EQ A hatch (details on lineup/drive of first to arrive) in production-intent trim to arrive in 2019.

Further to future plans Mercedes told us:

“Due to our strategic focus on CASE for the mobility of the future, we are planning the step-by-step electrification of our portfolio. Moreover, we are evaluating the production of our new generation of electric vehicles at all of our locations of Mercedes Benz Cars.”

The new production B-Class is scheduled for 2018, but only in conventional version (and maybe in plug-in hybrid).

Our thanks to Mercedes for reaching out!

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20 responses to "Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Out, Long Range EQ A Electric In"

  1. bro1999 says:

    The B-Class ED (what a dumb name btw) was as uninspiring and unremarkable as the Prius is ugly. B-class, you WILL be forgotten.

    1. guillaumef says:

      It’s a smarter name than naming an entire line of product after fecal matters (etron = poop in french)

      1. uhhhhhh says:

        and ed stands for erectile dysfunction in english…

    2. speculawyer says:

      Well, it was just the Tesla-built compliance car. I’ve seen a few of them and they are quite forgettable because they blend in with the typical gas cars.

      I’m still amazed at how far ahead the other automakers have let Tesla get.

      And even the companies that did try to put out EVs like BMW and VW seem to have done a pretty terrible job such that Tesla is still far out ahead of them.

  2. unlucky says:

    The info at the link provided is mostly about the EQ concept which is in the form of the EQ C. The EQ A will presumably be lower-end, akin to the A-class.

  3. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    Wasn’t the original B-Class electric drivetrain made by Tesla?

    1. unlucky says:

      Yes. All B-class electrics have Tesla drivetrains.

      And it says so right in the article.

  4. pjwood1 says:

    I liked it. Good interior. Front defrost element. Not bad looking, and better utility, if you can accept the “100 mile” range EV. It would have done better, if Mercedes wanted it to.

    1. cmg186 says:

      Agreed. I wanted one, but it was never made available in Canada.

  5. speculawyer says:

    I gotta say, I’m amazed how far behind Tesla the traditional automakers are. I really didn’t think they would screw up THIS badly.

    They are years behind and Tesla is eating their lunch.

    I hope they are FINALLY working on on some good EV products but just about every plug-in from a major automaker has serious flaws with the exception of maybe the Chevy Volt.

    The Chevy Bolt is also pretty good but they made the mistake of allowing the $37K long range EV with decent specs look just like a typical $15K economy hatchback.

    1. Jason says:

      Not saying you said this, but isn’t it interesting the polarising comments around “they made it look normal” and “they made it look like a freak car”?
      Without doubt, Tesla have made nice looking cars. The MB B class ED looks pretty normal to me, and is described as uninspiring. But really, how did it drive? In the era where 100mi was the standard, sounds like this was right where everyone else was at.
      Imagine if every state in the US and every country had of adopted California’s emission rules, these EV’s would have been light years ahead. Instead everyone is putzing around with ineffective Paris accords and the like. California has seen actual improvement that has been seriously lacking elsewhere.

      1. Asak says:

        California is arguably the world leader in converting to clean tech and EVs. Granted, we have some advantages like abundant sunshine, but still while everyone else drags their feet and complains about how everything is so hard, we’ve just kept plowing forward.

  6. Will says:

    Tesla is doing what iPhone did to cell phones manufacturers

    1. midimal says:

      Samsung is still there and makes in my opion better looking/working phones

  7. Jason says:

    MB B class ED was also most likely highly priced, like all MB vehicles. Really, they already had a vehicle that sounds not too bad (maybe the cost to Tesla was high?), But they didn’t have the will or incentive to promote it. It seems systemic, endemic, culturally impossible for these car manufacturers and their dealer network to shift to this next level of vehicles. I see MB being where Nissan was 10yrs ago, dealers won’t promote it because it goes against some perceived loss of revenue (how much revenue will they lose if they don’t realise people are increasingly purchasing EV’s and their competitor down the road has no trouble promoting them?), It takes the public a LONG time to evaluate and become comfortable with these new products, which it seems Nissan Leaf now has that level of acceptance and Tesla certainly has. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    1. john Doe says:

      Germany has planned to ban ICE cars by 2030, just like the UK. France in 2040 and Norway in 2025.. just 8 years from now..

      And trust me.. there is a green change going on among the German automakers. They are doing it step by step, and follow their plan.

      You also have to keep in mind that they sell more cars in two days then Tesla does in a year. . and most of them sell more cars then ever. Mercedes will reach a 6 years in a row with record sales.

      Mercedes, BMW and the BMW group sold 14 million cars in 2016.

      Tesla sold 76 000 cars. .
      The german brands sold over 38 000 cars a day.

      So to claim they are behind Tesla.. well. They make money, they sell a shi*load of cars.. they do what they’re supposed to do.
      They’re also investing a lot in EVs. They’re not just rushing into it. They are huge, and they need to work with suppliers, unions, infrastructure and regulations.
      For them, it has been to grow slowly and reach a situation were they can invest enough money to manufacture volumes, and still make money.

      It is good that Tesla is growing, and they have to be. They need to bring new thinking to the industry, and they have to produce several models. Not just sell a lot of M3.
      The marked it huge, and grows steady. Depending on incentives at the moment, but lower battery price will make them more competitive.

      It you look at the platform strategy the German and French brands are working on, to create volumes.. that is important in order to make money.
      The equipment they have bought and is on back order indicate that they plan to make a million EVs in just a few years.

      They could of course release a LG car that GM has done. It is cheaper and faster, but it would not make suppliers and the union happy. They want to make more of the parts themselves.
      When it comes to batteries, they are fairly modest in their starting (production)capasity, due to the battery change that is coming. To use batteries without a highly flamable electrolyte will be a huge step.
      Renault is not that interested in making their own batteries, to make a huge investment in one technology when several major players are claiming they’re going to use a new technology soon.

  8. speculawyer says:

    “Not saying you said this, but isn’t it interesting the polarising comments around “they made it look normal” and “they made it look like a freak car”?”

    The whole think about a car’s appearance is always tough to judge because aesthetics are subjective. But there are objective statistics in the number of people that like one car’s looks over another. And with that, yes, Tesla has done great.

    And it does matter more than I’d like to admit. I think cars like the i3 were really hurt by the polarizing looks.

  9. Herr Holle says:

    The smart EV is Daimler’s successor of the B-class in the low range (100mi) electric commuter market. It is being registered in Germany since June in fairly big numbers, and is a huge market success. Current manufacturing backlog in Germany is 9 months. It costs <$20.000 before VAT and government incentives in Germany – you can even buy it as a convertible (+$4.000) or with four doors (+$1.000).

    It will most likely show up on August's sales scorecard, no further logistics delays provided. Given its affordable pricing, and the fun to use it, I expect it to be a huge market success with virtually no stock.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I’ve actually spoken to Mercedes recently about this…the smart ED in coupe probably doesn’t make it under the wire in August, but will be here in September for sure. Cabrio will launch thereafter (which is kinda odd…cause, well – cabrio)

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