Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Shows Up in Geneva – We Prod an Exec For Range Answers


The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive hit the stage at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

This B-Class, like the BMW i3 and BMW i8, is an oldie in terms of auto show appearances, but still there’s reason to get excited as the B-Class Electric Drive is now just months away from launching in the US:

“…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.”

Here’s a look at what to expect when the B-Class debut in Summer 2014:

  •  0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds
  • 28 kWh battery pack
  • Range ~ 90 miles
  • 174 hp
  • 228 pound feet of torque
  • Top speed 100 mph
  • 10 kW charging capability
  • Price tag “in the low $40s”
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

As promised, we tracked down a Mercedes-Benz exec in Geneva for comment on this recent InsideEVs story: “Is Mercedes-Benz Pulling a Tesla By Offering Optional Bigger Battery Pack in B-Class Electric Drive?

You ready for a cliffhanger?  The B-Class Electric Drive won’t have an optional bigger battery pack, but the exec says we’re sort of on the right track…More to come soon.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

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43 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Shows Up in Geneva – We Prod an Exec For Range Answers"

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hope they delete those stupid ED stickers

no one want to be labeled ED

The Enzyte man just grins…

Yes, and they are blue as well. I wonder if Pfizer will use them in a commercial…

They look good on the smart

My guess it will be something simple like an optional vehicle for those times when you need longer range for a vacation.
We will see.

I’m liking the “pricing in the low 40s”. That will put some pressure on other EVs. Even the LEAF tops out in the high 30s. If MB can keep the price down, this will give people a good reason not to consider the i3.

It’s fairly easy to start with a $35k Mercedes or BMW and arrive at $45-50k when options are configured.

Interesting how they left the huge grill on the EV version… Very conservative.

Double the range, keep the price, and you’ve got a direct competitor for Teslas’ Gen III. Its already partially a Tesla.

My guess on improved range will be a move to higher capacity cells. *shrugs*

Or maybe some kind of removable range extender…….

Removeable… that is an intriguing idea! Granted, we would need an engine hoist or something similar (the i3’s tiny REx weighs 75kg!), but that’s a very intriguing idea!

How about a small trailer with a Rex on it?

Pricing in the low 40s makes this very competitive with the i3. I think a lot more people will go for this than an i3 and if they eventually double the battery, it would be a slam dunk at 50K.

I don’t suppose it has Supercharger support, though.

10kw charging is respectable, as you’d know with a Tesla. But 90, or ~100, AER is still a non-starter for me. That’s a cold 70, or less. Gimme 140, or the engine. I don’t care. It’s only those critical last 10% of the miles.

Sounds like they’re considering a REx. It’s a shame that all these companies put in a gas engine instead of more batteries.

The whole magic of an EV is to be fluids free.

The whole magic of an EV is to drive electric as much as possible. Volt drivers lugging around an engine are driving more electric miles than the LEAF.

Conversely, one could argue that the joy of an EV is burning as little gasoline as possible. By that measure, Volts have burned infinitely more gasoline than Leafs.

Until you count the miles the Leaf owners drive in their ICE car on long trips.

There is truth to this, but we have no idea how many miles those are. My long trips are done in a hybrid, which gets better mileage than the Volt in charge sustaining mode. And most of them are long enough that the first 38 miles being electric doesn’t fully compensate…

Hi Bryan. Check your next Electric Bill. Mine just went from 12.2 cents / kwh last month to 19.9. National Grid is playing games again. I immediately switched off of NG being my supplier to the first one on the alternative list, but they’re blaming everything on the Cold. They pay 3 cents to NRG to buy electricity from the coal plant for 1 kwh and add on 17 cents to ‘deliver’ it 5 miles away to my house. Plus a meter reading charge for the non-existant meter reader. I’ve been yelling at ’em all day, hehe. Now how much is that Electrolux Gas Refrigerator and that Bryant Gas Central Air Conditioner? Those are the only large things in my house besides the 2 cars that are still electric. If they keep playing games like this, I’ll convert them, if I can find competing products. How are NY State drivers going to make the switch to electricity if people can’t afford it? At least I’m not in manhattan. I just found out by talking to a sales rep from BluCo energy that Consolodated Edison’s ‘delivery charge’ is 12 cents/kwh and their default ‘supply’ charge is 25 cents/kwh residential, for a… Read more »

Meanwhile, the Spent Fuel Pools at Buchannan, NY (Indian Point 2 and 3) have 120,000 Curies of Radiation in the Rods (1 Curie = 37,000,000,000 disintegrations/second.) This is one of the few places that is more dangerous than Fukushima, Japan.


In January, electricity was 11.9 cents/kWh for me (incremental, above and beyond the $17 connection fee). I haven’t gotten the bill for February yet.

“National Greed” as they’re known around here is pretty abusive in their rates. But I don’t know if I could switch over to natural gas given the destruction that fracking seems to be causing. If they raise their rates, I will probably look into expanding my solar array – right now it pretty much just covers the car, but it’s designed to be easily expandable.

Yeah I keep going to all these Anti-Fracking meetings around here, then the organizers say what a great thing the 650 mw Dunkirk Steam Station is going to be converted from Coal to Natural Gas!!!! The Huntley plant 5 miles from me is a shell of its former self, at one time over 1 gw (I don’t care what wikipedia says because the info there is wrong or out of date) , but now down to 380 mw theoretically. They are ‘only’ charging me 8 cents for supply, but now they are charging an additional 7 cents for ESRM from now on. I use $18.16 as the non-meter/meter reading charge since my locale adds 4.75% sales tax. Cuomo has approved switching Dunkirk to Natural Gas, but I’m vehemently against it. If they insist on putting 3 cents per kwh coal tax on them then my view is they should just shudder the whole thing and bulldoze it. This unfortunately is what will probably happen to the rest of huntley since there wont be the state dollars available to convert 2 plants. I’m against it here since my property taxes will skyrocket again (I’m paying $6200 now, and when I bought… Read more »

er: corrections: shutter, Consolidated

Is it the “15% energy boost” button AutoWeek mentioned in its latest issue? I assume that means the width of the discharge can optionally be expanded within the available 28kwh, but it wasn’t clear if they meant an amount of overcharge (tolerable over-voltage). So, 90 becomes ~104 AER.

That other Tesla powered car -RAV4 EV- has a 42KWh battery. This could have had a rather more impressive120 miles of range with that sort of battery capacity. Not even optional…

Extended range charge , a feature that adds range above the “normal” range charge
I dont believe any magic range estimates

with a 28kwh pack you can only go so far in that size and weight vehicle
maybe 15 to 20 miles past a leaf topps

It will be interesting to see the i3 vs B sales battle commence

They won’t beat the EV SAAB!

A reasonable candidate to consider.

Tesla Supercharger access?

No. Like the Tesla-based RAV4EV, 10kW AC charging max.

Do you mean Ac 3-phase 11kw like Teslas default here in Germany ?

I’m talking about 10kW in the North America.

8 kW single phase at 200 volts, 9.6 kwh at an optimistic 240. (40 amp current draw)

My guess is that instead to adopt the supercharger, MB adopted the battery change system. Soon we will be able to change the batteries from our B-Class or even our Model S and X at selectet MB servicecenters…

Makes absolute sense the more I think about it. A better battery is ruled out, supercharger access would just cost MB or it’s customers money with only the hope for more sales as reward. But with a battery change system they can charge their own and Teslas customers a fee. Tesla could get some license fees and advertise many change stations without having to get the infrastructure out (superchargers, giga factory and ramping up the Models is really enough for now).

There will be no battery swapping system

Would the RAV 4 battery fit? Add that and Tesla supercharging and this car will decimate the i3.

I like the i3, driven it twice. However, this car solves some of the i3’s shortcomings; less luxury, 5 seats, real doors, and then you possibly add more range. It will be interesting to see what happens.

This could take on the i3.

Can it be a optionsl “battery Range Extender”?
Nott a bigger battery, but an extra one as a option?

When he says they’re “sort of on the right track” about a bigger battery being optional maybe he means that the bigger battery will actually be standard and they are waiting to announce closer to production.