First Batch Of Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive EVs To Hit US Soil This Weekend

JUN 27 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 30

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

It’s official…one more plug-in vehicle is now available for delivery in the US.

Sometime this weekend, the first delivery of the $41,450 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is set to occur, presumably in California.

Word of this comes from Daimler AG (parent company of Mercedes-Benz) who confirms the pending arrival of the first batch of B-Class Electric Drive EVs.

Without any fanfare, Mercedes-Benz opened the B-Class Electric Drive ordering books a few weeks ago.  More recently, M-B fired up its B-Class Electric Drive online configurator, which is when we noticed the $600 “temporary range extender.

The B-Class Electric Drive goes head-to-head with the BMW i3.

Though only available in limited number and in select states at first, Mercedes-Benz promises that the 104 mile electric crossover (if the range extender option that utilizes more of the car’s 36 kWh battery is picked up) will have a nationwide rollout soon:

“…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.”

And despite reports to the contrary, this is not a compliance electric vehicle.  In addition to being offered nationwide, the B-Class ED will be available across Europe.

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30 Comments on "First Batch Of Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive EVs To Hit US Soil This Weekend"

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Tom Moloughney

I believe some are already here and waiting at the ports. They likely won’t be available for delivery until mid July though.

jensph

Any idea when they’ll be available to test drive at dealers in NJ?

Sam EV

A dealer near me (in Oregon) initially said they expected them in June, now it’s July.

evnow

This is a compliance EV+. Like the FFE.

Basically built for compliance – but testing waters elsewhere too. Makes a lot of sense – gives the dealers some experience with EVs.

Aaron

No.

Chris O

No fanfare…Quite a contrast with the introduction of Toyota’s hydrogen vehicle. Makes sense for carmakers like MB that promote hydrogen as the future and only have need for plug-ins for compliance purposes.

The way MB completely kept quiet about the battery size and the range potential of this vehicle also fits the “no fanfare” pattern. Don’t make any waves, wouldn’t want people to get too exited about a plug-in vehicle, they might start to wonder what it really is they need hydrogen for.

Too bad because except for the lack of fastcharging (one of the hallmarks of a compliance car) this is a pretty interesting offering.

Dave R

Yeah, it’d be a lot more appealing if it had QC capability.

Brian Henderson

The MB B-Class uses a Tesla drivetrain similar to the Toyota RAV4 EV. Charging is via 10 kW Tesla charger. Since Tesla doesn’t offer a battery management electronics that support DC direct charging except on 65 kWh batteries. (remember Superchrging was explicitly not available on the 40 kWh model)

One possible future charging option s dual 10 kW chargers to provide 20 kW charging like a Model S option. Lack of DC fast charging is more a lack of engineering design as MB used Tesla components and Tesla won’t develope until an OEM pays for engineering, testing, and certification.

There is nothing to indicate this will only be a compliance vehicle. The tell-tale sign will be the number of B-Class’s delivered over the next year. First indications are positive with deliveries going national within six months of introduction. Remember the Nissan LEAF was available to just a few markets for first 9 months … as production volume was ramped up.

FYI: There is a 3rd party group working to add a after-market CHAde!MO charging option to the RAV4. If they are successful, a similar add-on could be made available for the B-Class in a couple years.

Chris O

Hallmarks of a compliance car:

Based on existing ICE platform-Check
Powertrain developed by third party-check
No fastcharging-check
low key introduction-check

This really does shape up as a compliance car except it may not just be sold in the lowest numbers needed to comply. That might have to do with the fact that it is used for compliance purposes in Europe too, so larger production runs may actually reduce losses rather than add to them as may be the case for smaller projects like Fiat 500E if one can put any stock in Marchionne’s wailing.

Tom

Not quite true… The B class platform was designed from the get-go to support a BEV version, right down to the space below the floor for the battery. So it is disingenuous to say that it is based on a converted ICE platform…

Tony Williams

>>>>> The MB B-Class uses a Tesla drivetrain similar to the Toyota RAV4 EV. Charging is via 10 kW Tesla charger. Since Tesla doesn’t offer a battery management electronics that support DC direct charging except on 65 kWh batteries. (remember Superchrging was explicitly not available on the 40 kWh model) <<<<>>>> FYI: There is a 3rd party group working to add a after-market CHAde!MO charging option to the RAV4. If they are successful, a similar add-on could be made available for the B-Class in a couple years. <<<<<

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Taser54

Clearly a nationwide car. Don’t see the support for calling it a compliance car.

CSS

No DC fast charging keeps the practicality and therefore the possible customer base limited.
Important when all of your other products promote a continuous stream of income from parts/service and new car sales (when eventually too many ICE systems have failing components).

Tony Williams

The Mercedes B-Class ED is only sold in ALL the California Air Resources Board (CARB) – Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) states:

California, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Plus, New Jersey, where Mercedes Benz USA headquarters are.

They can’t make it any more clear what the desire and intention of this car is. Like GM before them, I’m sure they’ll promise the moon, but they will comply with CARB-ZEV.

Taser54

So … any insight as to the first celebrity who will buy one of these?

leafer

Peewee Herman ?

Big Solar

Good one! Patton Oswalt? LOL

pjwood

Wondering if despite the 36kwh, it will still depreciate like BEVs offereing 70-80 miles? There is no “uncork 20kwh, for 10k” option, here.

I searched. Does anyone know the REx specs (Canadian/European) we are missing? All I found were 2012 B-class announcements of a 3-cyl PHEV, and Wiki struck out?

MB doesn’t seem like they’re dragging with this roll-out. On the contrary, it seems more like “the memo” has gotten around Germany. That means they’re doing it, not necessarily that they’re doing it right.

Josh Bryant

This is not an REx like the i3. There is no gas engine in this vehicle. There is just an optional “package” to allow you to range charge the vehicle like what is included in the price of the Model S.

We discussed it in detail in this full article a little bit ago: http://insideevs.com/breaking-2015-mercedes-benz-b-class-electric-drive-range-package-adds-17-miles-600/

Aaron

The B-Class isn’t a watered-down EV that can have an optional REx (cough-BMW i3-cough). It is purely electric. There are no future plans for an ICE REx. Just the fake REx option ($600) to unlock 100% charging capabilities.

pjwood

I wasn’t thinking this car had a U.S. ICE REx option, but thought I understood that other countries, in the multiple B-class variants that exist, had an ICE that operated in tandem with this battery.

old:
http://www.torquenews.com/1079/mercedes-finally-introduces-b-class-plug-hybrid

Mercedes’ option is already creating confusion. Sorry.

ggpa

It will be wonderful to have a wider selection of EVs in the USA.

For BED and i3 it will be interesting to see how high the demand stays after the initial backlog. In both cases, the optioned prices are really too high for all except the brand faithful.

Amon

Dear MB,

The notion of a large radiator grill is quaintly victorian; but it has no place on a modern Battery Electric Vehicle.

Please evolve your design style / branding. It will also clean up your fluid dynamics simulations / reduce drag and extend range.

Thanks.

Brian Henderson

The shark-faced gill up-front is a current style trend among many auto manufactures. The fact that the shark face has been over done should help designers move on to more streamlined designs in a timely manor. Expect to see first hints beginning with 2017/18 MY as current model designs reach production life cycle and we move into the 2020 decade.

Aaron

Anyone see the new $2500 option for matte gray paint?

Brandon

Lol was only $390 for my Smart

MTN Ranger

Mercedes has had expensive paint choices for quite some time. I remember the $2500 designo paint options for my 1998 SLK. You could also get the obscenely expensive AMG “sport” body kit and spoiler add ons too.

Alan Campbell

Nice…

I think we will see the Tesla battery pack in more car models in the very near future.

Tony Williams

I think Tesla will have its hands full ramping up for Model X, the 3rd generation car, Giga factory, etc.

What makes sense is Mercedes adopting the Supercharger network, like BMW and Nissan are in talks about.

Mark

MB says this EV will not come to Canada….Boooo