BREAKING: 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Range Package Adds 17 Miles For Only $600


Mercedes-Benz Describes B-Class Electric Drive Range Package

Mercedes-Benz Describes B-Class Electric Drive Range Package

2015 B-Class Electric Drive

2015 B-Class Electric Drive

The build configurator for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive just now fired up.

Since we knew US pricing for the 2015 B-Class Electric Drive for quite sometime now, the only real new news is the cost of the “range package,” which InsideEVs exclusively reported on twice in the past.

For only $600, B-Class Electric Drive buyers can press a button prior to charging that will allow for maximum charge, or 17 miles of additional range.

The official EPA figures for the B-Class Electric Drive are not yet available, but Mercedes-Benz claims 85 miles on a standard charge.  We suspect that figure will be accurate +/- 1 or 2 miles.  So, when you add 17 more miles via the range package, you get ~104 miles per 100% charge.

To build your own 2015 B-Class Electric Drive, click here.

Option Pricing, Including $600 Rnage Package

Option Pricing, Including $600 Range Package

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51 responses to "BREAKING: 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Range Package Adds 17 Miles For Only $600"
  1. taser54 says:

    Mercedes should instead use a dial that turns up to 11.

    1. Kosh says:


      “No, no don’t touch it. Don’t point even!”

      1. Jay Cole says:

        …required video must accompany reference

  2. Sam EV says:

    That $600 just allows access to the battery you already paid for right? It’s not extra battery?

    1. David Murray says:

      That’s kind of what I was thinking when I read this. Are you basically just paying extra money that is used to collectively warranty the batteries if they fail from using too much depth of discharge?

      1. Alonso Perez says:

        Probably, but also the heated windshield should be more efficient, and they claim to add insulation as well:

        “A suite of options to further increase your driving range includes added insulation of the doors and roof for to increase climate-control efficiency, along with an electrically heated windshield and a range-extending charge function. By pressing a button on the console prior to charging, the maximum charge level for battery will increased for the next charge cycle. The higher-capacity charge can provide up to 17 additional miles of range.”

        So probably worth the $600 in very cold or warm climates, even if you don’t care about the range extender button. In most of California you would basically be paying for the button. But in the Northeast, I’d spend the $600 regardless.

    2. Surya says:

      It seems like that. They let you pay more to use more of the thing you already paid for. I hope I’m wrong.

      1. TomArt says:

        That’s exactly how it appears to me – and yeah, it’s probably a warranty thing…

    3. Clif says:

      If an EV doesn’t get 200+ miles why buy it? City EV’s are quaint, but do people really want to buy an additional car just to run around town? I wouldn’t buy an ICE vehicle with a gas tank just small enough to get me to run around town…I want the darn thing to do it all. I want to run around town and take trips with an EV. WHEN are car manufacturers going to get with the program and match Tesla’s range performance??

      Ahhhhh..I feel better now.

  3. Big Solar says:

    Seems like a leaf is a much better buy

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      Depends.. AFAICT the Merc has more space, isn’t as “polarizing” a design, and is quicker.

      Still, $600 for a warranty/range extension is a bit rich.

    2. Alonso Perez says:

      Probably true on a strict feature basis, but the Merc has more room, better looks (subjective, I know), and most important of all a Tesla pack. The importance of that is the thermal management. The pack should degrade slower than the Leaf; much slower if you live in a hot climate.

    3. Alonso Perez says:

      And the Merc has a lower drag coefficient as well.

      1. mike w says:

        A brick has a lower drag coef.

        1. Tom says:

          Actually, a brick has a very high drag coefficient… Typically around 2.1

  4. Mint says:

    I don’t know why MB wouldn’t just raise MSRP by $600 so that the ~100 mile range becomes a standard marketing figure. I also don’t know why they didn’t include DC quick charging.

    On a related note, how will EPA stickers deal with varying battery size options for the same model? Will manufacturers be forced to take the Tesla route of having a different subname for each?

    1. kdawg says:

      Just one more level of complication.(sigh)

      What will the EPA sticker even show for EV range? Will it have to list 2 ranges?

      1. ggpa says:

        I guess EPA will show the low number, but by adding the extra option and charging the extra money, on the same sticker it will show a line item for 17 extra miles, so sales people can honestly say the range is 100+.

        Nissan used offer this feature for free, which probably caused confusion. Mercedes was smart to make this an extra cost option, which brings visibility and clarity.

        1. JakeY says:

          Good point. The RAV4 EV has a similar mode, but because of the EPA’s idiotic range averaging method, the EPA sticker only shows an averaged number between the max range of the car and the “standard” range of the car. This allows Mercedes to advertise the numbers for both rather than just an average.

    2. evrav4 says:

      They didn’t do quick charging because they are big fat stupid idiots that don’t understand their customers needs… who the hell wants to spend 5 hours waiting for the car to charge. #fail just like the ford focus EV.

      1. Aaron says:

        …said the guy whose RAV4-EV also doesn’t have quick charging…

        1. evrav4 says:

          The ommission of quick charging is the defining mistake of the Rav4 EV as well. Amazing car otherwise with 120 real world miles 🙂

      2. Ted Fredrick says:

        I have never spent over 3 hours to fill my Ford

        1. ggpa says:

          Hmmm, this will change when you start driving the car. 😉

      3. Vin says:

        I charge my Focus Electric at home and at work. Don’t need a quick charger.

        By the way – the Focus Electric is a success. Ford is selling as much as they want to.

        Good to hear that the extended range is available on the Mercedes… if you ask me, they should just bake it into the MSRP and make the “electrically heated windshield” standard.

        1. evrav4 says:

          The focus EV is no way a sales success. Almost every EV buyer in the US chose a Volt, a Leaf or a Tesla. Just because you don’t mind having a limited range EV without fast charging doesn’t mean the Focus EV is any less of a failure. I’m sure its a nice car, just not practical for the masses. I used the fast charger on my Leaf hundreds of times, its an important feature.

  5. ggpa says:

    I think Mercedes did a smart thing here.

    We all know that filling that battery is not ideal. That is why Volt, Prius et al never allow you to do that.

    What Mercedes does here is to allow you a full charge when needed, and an 85% charge for all other times.

    Nissan used to allow this (for 80%), but they pulled it out of the 2014 Leafs, to look better on the EPA sticker.

    Good job, Mercedes!

    1. TomArt says:

      You can do the same thing on the Model S for free…

      1. Tom says:

        I don’t think 77K and up is “free…”

  6. boredcleaner says:

    For those of us with the RAV4 EV, this option must seem particularly funny.

  7. Aaron says:

    I like the option for a compass built into the mirror… but if you select the option for it, it is replaced by the navigation system and deleted. There does not appear to be any way to get the compass mirror on your vehicle.

    1. ggpa says:

      EV drivers are on the right track. Always. No need for a compass 😉

      1. Surya says:

        Nice one 🙂

      2. TomArt says:

        +1 🙂

  8. SeattleTeslaGuy says:

    can I order a car with 10 buttons? The I could add 170 miles!

    1. pjwood says:

      My options configure to a price that is a huge $29,500 cheaper than a Tesla MS 60, w/o supercharging (Lthr, XM, similar ‘tech’ items).

      Plus it has 10X the buttons 😉

  9. cdubbu says:

    Why did that have style it like a mini van, I like the interior and the technology however they could have come up with a better exterior design.

    1. krona2k says:

      That style isn’t consider van like in europe, it’s just a pretty standard style of hatchback. I’m sure they will catch on in the US eventually because it’s just so damn practical.

  10. Brandon says:

    Really ticks me off how its so ugly.

    1. Spec9 says:

      Ugly? I can see boring but not really ugly.

    2. Aaron says:

      Why does it tick you off? Because you are considering this vehicle, but its looks aren’t appealing to you?

      I can see “boring” like Spec9 said, but that it causes you anger concerns me.

    3. TomArt says:

      Plain? Yes. Boring? Sure. Ugly? No. That’s reserved for the i3…

  11. pjwood says:

    Confused. So, do we definitively know the delivered kwh storage, and DOD, values for this car or not? If 28kwh, and depth of discharged down to 90%, that still suggests the ED can push 4 mi/kwh efficiency (probably not). The i3 isn’t doing this, even at its full storage value (~81/22kwh).

    It would be nice if “over-charging” could be based on an auto-timed pre-conditioning, to minimize how long the battery sits in this state.

    ‘Electrically heated windshield’ is a big plus, if you don’t mind a cool cabin and find yourself using defrost a lot.

  12. Josh says:

    So if you calculate the battery costs based on the upgrade fee (like we have with Model S in the past) you get $600 / ~5 kWh = 125 $/kWh. Looks like MB found the magic breakthrough in batteries 😉

    Or just a marketing gimmick to not get hosed by the new EPA method. I predict that 90+% of these will have that option.

    1. Josh says:

      That was supposed to be 120 $/kWh, I promise I can do math…

  13. QCO says:

    It sounds like this package has been miss-named by some marketeer trying to find an excitement button….

    It really should be called the “Cold Weather Package”, which for $600 gives you the following:
    – An electric insta-clear windshield to reduce heater load
    – Extra door and headliner insulation to reduce heater load
    – Temporary overcharging enablement to offset cold weather range loss due to heater load

    Its a useful package for cold weather climates, but borders on false advertising to call it a range extender.

    1. pjwood says:

      What’s clear is that manufacturers can control the amount of battery their buyers can access. If the MB taps an over-charge like the Leaf, than no big deal. If it is like a Tesla “40kwh”, that really has the top end of something much bigger available, than that’s a different outcome.

      A 3800 pound car doing 102 miles on the EPA cycle, out of 28kwh, I wouldn’t estimate is possible. Real world tests, or more details, will quickly reveal these are impossible miles or access to more kwh. Green Car Rpts (+3kwh) and Tom M. each suggest it is the latter, which makes the range extender a tap into more battery, and not just “a button”.

      At the focus group I went to, in Boston, we never got to know who the manufacturer was. We only knew UC Davis was conducting it. It was one of two visits, the other being NY. Cold weather performance was the focus, and this package seems like a worthy attempt at addressing what came out, as far as range and climate issues. Especially, the windshield treatment. There are many times, at 40-55 degrees where you get backed into turning defrost on, in the Volt for instance. The power meter will show a 4,000-5,000 watt draw, to service that load (range-killer). Directly heating the windshield (ala rear defrost element), is an excellent evolutionary EV gain. We don’t have hot coolant on tap, for free, etc, etc, like a normal ICE car.

      1. GRA says:

        I agree that the extra insulation and electrically-heated front window are excellent ideas. There have been a fair number of iMiEV owners in cold climates who’ve found it valuable/essential to upgrade the insulation in the doors and IIRR headliners of those cars themselves, making the car far more comfortable and more efficient. If BEVs are ever to be become mainstream, it will be critical to improve heating efficiency to minimize the range variations in different temps. The average person doesn’t want (and shouldn’t have) to calculate their available range every day just because the weather has changed, to see if they can make it to work.

    2. Clif says:

      Similar needs for Arizona and our 110 degree temps.

      There are an estimated 265 different models of vehicles for sale in the United States. Why? Because everybody likes a different look and functionality of the car they drive. It has to look good, ride good, handle good, be safe, have power, have good MPG, and other stuff. Now how different is that in the EV world? It isn’t with the exception of MPG or range. We don’t worry about running out of gas in an ICE because we watch the gas gauge. Same with an EV, just watch the darn ‘gas tank’. But I wouldn’t buy an ICE with a 7 gallon gas tank no matter how nice the car was. I don’t want to be filling up my 7 gallon gas tank so often. So why in Heaven’s name would I buy an EV with 100 or less mile range??? If people stop buying the 100 and less EV’s, manufacturers just might get the message and start matching Tesla’s range. If only! And I mean EV’s, not extended range vehicles.

  14. Ben P says:

    Somehow I missed that it had radar based regen braking! That’s pretty neat. $53k to get it maxed out. Not that far off a maxed out i3. The thing that bothers me the most is the analog gauge cluster, so no dashboard display of how efficient you’re driving. No quick charge!? No dashboard lcd, no heads-up display, no led headlights. Fugly wheels (I really like the i3’s wheels once you get above the Mega World). Still looks like it’ll be a Leaf when I get a new car in a year or two.

  15. Tom says:

    Yep, what you are basically paying for is a push button and a line of software code…

    Unless you live in the extreme north or Death Valley, the extra door insulation and heated windshield is going to be of negligible value…

    What is still unknown at this point – at least to me – is whether the heating system is resistance or reverse cycle… If resistance, it is going to be a gigantic battery sucker in cold climates…