Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive To Launch In UK In Q1 2015

MAY 5 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

It’s not a compliance electric vehicle.  Proof is in that Mercedes-Benz will sell the B-Class Electric Drive in the US, Germany and the UK.

More countries will likely be added to the list, but for now Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the B-Class Electric Drive will launch in the UK in Q1 of 2015.

Up first is the US launch, which gets underway in just a few months.  Germany will be next, then comes the UK launch.

The B-Class Electric Drive is expected to carry a price tag starting at £32,000 ($53,834 USD) in the UK.  US pricing is set to start at $41,450.

Autocar speculates that European versions of the B-Class will come standard with additional equipment/options, thus increasing the base price.

Autocar adds:

“After the UK government’s £5000 plug-in vehicle grant, which was recently extended to at least 2017 as part of a £500 million funding boost, the price of the B-class Electric Drive could drop to around £27,000. That means the car will cost some £1320 more than the all-electric BMW i3, which has a list price of £30,680, falling to £25,680 after the plug-in grant.”

More details of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive are available here.

Source: Autocar

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Re: “It’s not a compliance electric vehicle. Proof is in that Mercedes-Benz will sell the B-Class Electric Drive in the US, Germany and the UK.”
They sell the GM Spark in other countries as well but some say unless it is sold in all 50 states then it is compliance. The PIP is in about 15 states I think as one example.

MB already said they’re selling the B-Class ED nation-wide starting at the beginning of 2015.

Good for them, but they can say a lot of things. I hope that it does get mass marketed, but we shall see.

The lack of rapid charging as an option is a definite turn-off for me.

I’m starting to wonder the year-ahead earning contribution, to Tesla, if MB should move 10k of these things over the year beginning Summer ’14.

“Autocar speculates that European versions of the B-Class will come standard with additional equipment/options, thus increasing the base price.”

i.e. forced options

‘but I don’t need all of these. Also I can not afford…’
‘That is what we decides british people should have. If you don’t like it, then f#*k off!’

Sounds like the first year of the Leaf in the UK, all over again. They only got the fully loaded SL. And then Nissan was surprised when very few people bought the Leaf.