Kelley Blue Book Praises Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive


2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED 2014 NYAS 1

B-Class ED

Kelley Blue Book show us its first-drive review of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.

The B-Class Electric Drive is priced from approximately $42,000 dollars and has a projected range of 85 miles on a single charge, both (price and range) of which are comparable to the BMW i3.  The electric M-B has approximately the same range as the less luxurious Ford Focus Electric, Nissan LEAF and so on.

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B-Class ED

As always, Mercedes-Benz’s styling and other unique aspects are fitted to the B-Class Electric Drive, but it’s powered by Tesla Motors supplied batteries and drivetrain. It is equipped with 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque with a 0-60 mph in just under 8 seconds.

Like all electric vehicles, the B-Class is quiet, but KBB praises the B-Class Electric Drive for being quiet at all speeds.

While this is not a sporty vehicle, the suspension has a sport-like stiff feel to it so that it can handle twisting roads at the sacrifice of a soft ride.

A range boosting package will add an extra 18 miles to the range, which is activated before charging according to KBB. Using this a lot may decrease battery capacity over time. However, the batteries are covered by an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty for defects and loss of range.  Free roadside assistance and no-cost maintenance is provided throughout the warranty period.

The B-Class Electric Drive has 4 different regenerative braking modes and a large cargo space.

So, in recapping the KBB review, it seems the B-Class ED offers all the necessities of a traditional car without the hassles that come with having a fuel-burning engine.

KBB’s in-depth review of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive can be found here.


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12 Comments on "Kelley Blue Book Praises Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive"

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The i3 and BED seem like they are coming from opposite directions.

heavy accelerator regen,
sporty and light,
modern interior and exterior,
small trunk,
fast charge,
small battery (but optional range extender).

light brake regen,
luxury and heavy,
traditional interior and exterior,
large trunk,
no fast charge,
larger than average battery.

It looks like a van… not interested.

Great. Now we have two overpriced EVs from the German luxury brands. Next we’ll hear the transparently banal BS about why they’re worth all the extra cash.

At least the BMW has a range extender and low mass. This thing is probably objectively worse on every metric than the Chevy Spark EV.

Mercedes and BMW buyers are not going to look at a Chevy Spark EV (I know I’m not). The EV market is big enough to have low-mid-high priced options. You’re can’t expect luxury makes to price their cars the same as mainstream makes. The BMW and Mercedes are only $7k or so higher than the top level Leaf.

Too bad nobody outside of California and Oregon can buy the Chevy.

Looks like a small SUV… very interested. Finally an electric vehicle with more luxury than the current crop of toy cars. OK, OK, of course the Tesla is great, but too precious for me in the city

And the question is: Are they really serious about selling the car or just meeting requirements? It would be too bad to see BMW steal the march on MB like they have in the past. When you attend track days the fields are dominated by BMWs not MBs.

BMW will have the early lead since they started selling countrywide this month. Mercedes will have a few state rollout this summer, with countrywide sales next year.

If Lease price is less than $299/month, I am in.

85 miles of range without a Rex is a non starter. Even the envisionned 200 miles gen3 without rex will be a hard sale. It is time to meet the challenge of 400 miles or then add a small free piston type rex otherwise those ev are never going to be up to the job of replacing most standard petrol cars. We need main straem EV’s now not in yet another decade.

Sorry, but REx is retarded, and not environmentally sustainable. 200 mile range with fast charge capability is all you need for over 90% of drivers.

Of course REx is environmentally sustainable, at least for 50 years (by which time we can make batteries and charging as good as gasoline).

Most people will do <10% of mileage on REx if they have 85 miles EV range. What's more is that a REx saves on the environmental impact of 30kWh of battery manufacturing.

REx may well be cheaper *and* more environmentally friendly.