Full Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Gallery

APR 29 2014 BY JAY COLE 58

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Hot on the heels of first journalist test drives and announcing the official pricing of the B-Class ED (from $41,450), Mercedes Benz has released promotional stills of the car from just about every angle and trim level one might want to see.

Just as a refresher, here are the specs on the standard B-Class ED (* provisional figures):

Technical data*

Output177 hp (132 kW)
Torque251 lb-ft (340 Nm)
Range85 miles (EPA)
Charging time for a range of     60 miles [US City]USA: under 2 h at 240V
Acceleration 0-60 mph7.9 seconds (estimated)
Top speed100 mph (160 km/h),     electronically limited
2014 B-Class Electric Drive

2014 B-Class Electric Drive

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Dash & Instrumentation

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Dash & Instrumentation

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Interior Seating

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Interior Seating

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Cargo Area

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Cargo Area

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Wheels

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Wheels

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Traction Motor

2014 B-Class Electric Drive Traction Motor

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58 Comments on "Full Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Gallery"

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Someone please inform all ev mfrs to not put stupid looking wheels and stupid dork looking EV ED graphics on the side of the cars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

its like they are trying to make them stupid and dorky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The wheels are like that to improve aerodynamics and range. You’re free to change them once you buy/lease the car.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

At least with the Volt, it didn’t come with the graphics. Presumably they’re deletable, or at least removable.

Plus, historically, German cars could be ordered with deleted model badging, so you could get the lowest-spec of a model and nobody’d know (or you could get the highest-spec model with the biggest motor, and nobody’d be the wiser).

it only looks good on the smart

I’ll tend to agree on the graphic.
A very discreet badge would do.
But I like the wheels.

can anyone find out about the heat/a/c ?.

heat pump or resistive system or both?

In the under hood picture, I see a heater hose going in the firewall which strongly suggest resistant heater for cheapest cost and highest energy consumption, just like Toyota Rav4 EV.

If you look closely at the sticker on the charging port it says 400v. Can someone clarify for once if there is fast charging enabled?
Sexy car otherwise.

Yea i saw that as well 😀

No, that’s no DC charging. There will NOT be any type of DC quick charge available (Supercharger, CHAdeMO, GB/T, CCS Combo 1/2).

400 volts is AC power… 230 volts each for three phases. The “10kW” onboard charger will operate on 100-277 volts in the USA at 40 amps maximum, just like a Toyota Rav4 EV or a Tesla Model S with a single charger.

Too expensive! If it wasn’t then it wouldn’t a Mercedes.

no dc fast charge here/ nothing to see , move along.

likely a mistake or something for euro market?

In Europe they have the Mennekes connector which allows for 3 phase AC faster charging. Many public chargers have the 3 phase AC.

Nobody caught the 85 mile EPA range? One more than a LEAF !!!

But that mileage may be the dreaded 80% to 100% charge average rule shared with 2011-2013 LEAF and 2012-2014 Toyota Rav4 EV.

LEAF – 75 miles EPA averaged, 84 miles at 100%
Rav4 – 103 miles EPA averaged, 113 miles at 100%
B-Class- 85 miles EPA averaged?????

My guess on the Mercedes B-Class ED battery

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

Wonder if 85 EPA is extended charge, normal charge, or an average of the 2 as on early Leaf models
My bet is 85EPA is average of the 2.

If MB added Chademo and priced the car at $45000, they would sell more units.

It seems they think politics is more important than practicality.

The Germans would add CCS, not CHAdeMO. For me, CCS is nearly as bad as no fast charging.

Since this car will officially be sold in the CARB-ZEV states – California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, they could use the 7 currently installed public CCS Combo1 chargers in the USA.

Tony, are you still working on the CHAdeMO mod for the Rav4 EV? If so, you could expand the project to this which will have a much larger customer base.

It was the plan from the start.

Aaron / Tony / Leafer

We all know that installing CCS on a US-based vehicle is a waste at this stage. Chademo is way more useful.

The face saving way out is to have a modular design so the customer can select to have either Chademo or CCS.

VW has the same thinking. The prototype e-Golfs that they drove themselves have Chademo ports, but the cars that they sell to customers use CCS.

That is what happens when decision makers do not understand their customers, or perhaps do not care.

I would like to show a Mercedes or BMW exec a charge map of the USA. first show all Chademo points in the USA 500 plus !
then show them the same app with CCS selected ……………
B class has no fast charge and even if it did have CCS it would still have effectively no fast charge.

Chademo is only supported by Nissan and Mitsubishi (& Subaru?). All other US and EU car manufacturers have signed onto SAE CCS. Although Chademo has the advantage now, we will start seeing more CCS chargers now that more manufacturers and cars will be able to use them (I hope). Chademo has some disadvantages compared to CCS (lower max power, additional connector needed, fragile connector, etc.)

For me a car with CCS is much worse than a EV with no fast charge at all.

have to pay $700 for somthing you cant use

that stinks

Those with CCS DCFC on their cars such as BMW and VW will really enjoy those 7 chargers!!!!!!!
where are they anyway?

Did you say the same thing to Leaf owners who opted for the DC port in early 2012? Two years is not a very long time!! Remember that EVs still represent less than 1% of the US market share.

At the auto show they said you can get more than 110 miles if you select the extra range mode before you start charging…..


Wow looks like the leaf club is out in force bashing ccs. Lol, reeks of insecurity.

Just the LEAF guys? What about all the other CHAdeMO users? They want some blame, too !!!

*Nissan LEAF – over 45,000 in the USA and over 100,000 worldwide
*Nissan e-NV200 (coming 2014)
*Citroen C-Zero – not sold in USA
*Citroën Berlingo – not sold in USA
*Mitsubishi i-MiEV – over 30,000 worldwide with its variants C-Zero & iON
*Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (coming 2015)
*Mitsubishi Fuso Canter truck
*Peugeot iON – not sold in USA
*Peugeot Partner – not sold in USA
*Kia Soul EV (coming 2014)
*ZERO motorcycles
*Tesla except Roadster with adaptor

I think a better description is “reeks of wisdom”.

The Leaf guys know from experience how valuable L3 charging is. You can learn from them.

MB Gen 1 Leaf…

I’m not bashing CCS, I think its a great design and would much prefer it over chademo.
but the fact is there are 500 plus chademos and 45,000 Leaf plus other cars in the usa that can use chademo. In may area I have 9 chademo available with 75 miles. CCS=0
Evgo the providr of DCFC in my area has no plans to add CCS combo chargers. that equals useless. Again love the design its way better to have one integrated ac/dc FC plug!
but they need to actually exist to be useful!

In the next four years, the DC Fast Charge Format that will have the most compatible vehicles on the road in the US– will be Teslas’ SuperCharger Network…

“Cha-de-Monster”, will be second.

Really … and what would those vehicles be? You are just guessing.

The smart way, would be to design vehicles to support either L3 format (like VW already does) and then also allow your customers to choose whatever adapter they want in the car, so people can use their vehicles for the next 4 years while we wait to see if your guess becomes true.

Model S, the more popular Model X and the new Model E…

Guessing not required. The pieces are already in motion.

I like your Cha-De-Monster.

Chadzilla attacks Frankenplug !!!

What is with all of you and bashing CCS. It is actually a better design with a more compact placement. Of course it is not a EuroPlug but still takes less space. I have seen CCS on BMWs and it look easy to use. We have one CCS charger in Atlanta and I am sure it will be busy very soon. But MB is making a huge mistake to bypass any DC quick charging. They also making you buy their charger of course, but ClipperCreek has a 48Amp charger now on the market.

So I until I drive one I will hold off my comments

You state that you will hold off your comments, but you do not. In fact, you sound like all the folks who insisted that Beta is better than VHS. And those who repeated that Blackberry is better than iPhone.

Instead of bashing the table, you can give customers a choice and let the free market decide.

IM not bashing CCS, it is a great design.
but there are none to use so whats the point?

hope MB doesnt force you to buy an EVSE. where did you see that?

Actually, I kind of like it. I think the interior looks pretty nice and the form factor is much better than the i3, both in usability and appearance (IMHO.) I think they could have done better with the range, and lack of DC charging is a bit of a downside, but 10kW AC charging sure is nice. Here in Texas, for a BEV besides a Tesla, options look like they will be a Leaf, the i3, the Focus electric and the B-segment electric. I think I would pick the Mercedes (after the Tesla, of course.)

This is kind of exciting that the number of new electric offerings from different vendors is picking up pace. There should be some really great options in a few short years.

How do I know that electric cars are still in the enthusiast stage? An article about a mass-market Mercedes EV turns into a food fight over competing charging standards.


Lou … perhaps it is past the enthusiast stage. Early Adopters/enthusiasts are willing to accept major flaws as part of the deal.

I submit that EVs are now at the point where regular folks also buy them, which is why the expectations are higher and why this car needs L3.

Lack of L3 makes this appear to be a compliance car, instead of a serious product.

It will be shunned much like the Toyota Rav4, which has more range– and a Tesla power train, as well.

The stench of compliance, is strong with this one. 😉

I think the RAV 4 is shunned because toyota dealers shun it. How many dealers have it available? How many will service it? Toyota is trying to sell a fuel cell car that isn’t going to have fueling options for years.

MB can easily outsell the RAV4 if their dealers support it.

Looks like a beautiful interior. Considering that the sticker price is only about $3,000 more than my leather interior Focus EV, this seems like an excellent car. Better range, much better trunk, better statistical performance (HP, torque, etc) and more luxurious interior (seat memory!!) than my Focus EV. When the lease ends on my Focus, I could imagine stretching the budget to lease this car next. Of course, if Tesla is successful in releasing a car in this price range with ~200 mile range and super charge capability, then Tesla wins easily. Exciting times for EV enthusiasts.

I’m kind of glad these kinds of cars are dribbling out of the mega-manufacturers because it just will make the Tesla Model E look so, so much better. Instead of “compliance cars”, we could name these things: “Look, We Made ‘Em, And The People Didn’t Buy Them!” machines. Sure, there will be a few takers here and there, and that is what Daimler predicts. $45,000 electric trinkets for the well-to-do with numbers of other cars. Just how this thing is equipped says – “don’t buy me, I’m very limited in my capabilities!”. No QC abilities, no agreement with Tesla to use the Supercharger network – yet with Tesla batteries…hmmm… I like the sumptuous interior – perhaps the best long-haul interior out there – IN A CAR THAT CANNOT MAKE LONG HAULS. I really like the aero wheel covers – you can’t buy those anywhere unless they’re 1950’s-era Mooneyes, and then those have no venting for disc brake cooling and dust dispersal. I’m old compared to many of you guys. I can remember reading numerous articles about Mercedes EVs, Hydrogen cars, Ethanol, shoot – I even remember reading about a Mercedes they made that ran off water! These guys are mechanical… Read more »

Jay – I’ll proofread before I hit ‘ENTER’, next time, I PROMISE! 🙂

…I don’t see any errors, (=

Did I fail to mention Jay Cole is absolutely the BEST automotive journalist working in the field today?

Thanks Jay, you’re golden!

– Oh yeah, I said, “German offering” instead of offerings…haha

And thanks, you guys, for bearing with my Editorial pontifications.

China is a wildcard. We know how huge their population is and how fast the collective wealth of said masses is growing. We know that, given time, China can mass-produce itself into EV domination worldwide. It may just happen, as their major cities have air you can chew – something has to be done and it will require government mandate. And we know there is nothing Communists do as well as enact mandates.

“Charles” Ghosn




Mercedes helped rescue Tesla with a big investment when tesla needed it. Without that the S may just be coming out now. Mercedes was not expecting tesla to fail. Tesla though is in a unique position to do better R&D than Mercedes on this, and Mercedes is making much more money on their tesla stock than they are paying in licensing fees. That is a great business move compared to having simply a R&D cost center. I think we will be seing these 80 mile range luxury vehicles with range extenders in the future. Mercedes cost structure probably is too high for them to compete with blue star even if tesla gave them the tech for free.

Amazing rant, James. Don’t feel like you have to hold back. 🙂

I’m impatient, too. I want my affordable 300 mile range EV, now. I feel the disappointment, too, as they make all these vehicles that can’t do 100 miles. I’ll probably never buy one of those because of the limits.

I also think I can understand the big car companies reluctance to pour zillions of dollars into EV development right now, so early on. They’ve got to keep the shareholders happy, right? I am glad to see these baby steps, though. At least some of them are testing the waters. (some aren’t) They will at least get some experience on issues associated with building EV’s. Then when battery technology becomes sufficient to support the EV’s we all want, they should be able to get in there with some more serious offerings.

I think you are right that Tesla is going to have to do the majority of the pushing boundaries for a while, though.

Baby steps aren’t going to get battery prices down to the point where our 300 mile EVs are viable. This is why Elon is having to push for a Gigafactory.
Perhaps a technical breakthrough will happen that can make batteries twice as powerful, half the size, half the price and last twice as long but it ain’t here yet and there are no guarantees.
Tesla will get us there, one way or another, and the rest of them had better “wish to” soon, or they may wake up one day and find themselves sitting on millions of vehicles that nobody wants to buy anymore.