Mercedes-Benz Spokesperson: B-Class Electric Drive Expected to be Priced in Low $40,000 Range

NOV 26 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 20

B-Class Electric Drive Has Tesla Inside

B-Class Electric Drive Has Tesla Inside

Finally, we’ve got a ballpark price for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.

B-Class Electric Drive

B-Class Electric Drive

As we predicted in the past, the B-Class could become the BMW i3’s main competitor if Mercedes-Benz priced it right.

Well, it now seems that Mercedes-Benz is taking direct aim at the i3.

Quoting CNET:

 “Mercedes-Benz does not have a price determined for the B-class Electric Drive yet, but a spokesperson said it would likely be in the low 40s. After government incentives, that would put the price in the low to mid-30s, not bad for any Mercedes-Benz model.”

“In the low 40s” put the B-Class Electric Drive in the exact same price region as the pure electric version of the BMW i3.  We suspected Mercedes-Benz would match the i3’s price to steal away sales from BMW as the two are head-to-head competitors in almost every segment.

This price move will certainly put pressure on i3 sales, especially since the B-Class has several added benefits that the general consumer likes:

  • Seating for 5
  • Conventional exterior design
  • Vast cargo hold

    B-Class Electric Interior

    B-Class Electric Interior

  • Ample rear leg room

While the i3 may very well be the better overall vehicle, the M-B has the chance of appealing to a far larger group of potential buyers.

Let’s not forget that the B-Class Electric Drive has “Tesla inside,” which we think might even draw some Model S owners to it who are seeking to add one more electric to their garages.

Below we’ll highlight some other known facts on the B-Class Electric Drive:

“…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.”

  •  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

A lot to like, we think.  If that price truly stays “in the low 40s”, then Mercedes-Benz will no doubt have a hit on its hands.

Source: CNET

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20 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz Spokesperson: B-Class Electric Drive Expected to be Priced in Low $40,000 Range"

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Brian

The 10kW on-board charger is nice, but does this come with an option to add CCS?

Eric Loveday

No option to add CCS

Dave R

No quick charging at all? Kind of a deal-killer when the majority of L2 charging is only capable of 6.6 kW…

Eric Loveday

Nope. Not at all

EVMD

Just a little bid better design and I would be a killer car.

Jouni Valkonen

B-class is exactly the same B-class ICE version, but it has slightly less space due to battery. I doubt that this kind of cheap design and retrofitted battery has much success. Perhaps they can sell 1500 cars in 2014.

BMW i3 is more attractive because it is designed to be an EV.

Only sales asset that Mercedes has, is that it has Tesla inside. But unfortunately this does also tell that Mercedes did not take EV seriously.

Ocean Railroader

This car has the same range as the Kia hamster mobile in that they both almost have the same sized battery and range. But I wounder will the Kia have a lower price then this car. Shouldn’t this car at least have a 120 or 140 if it is a Mercedes-Benz?

kdawg

Interesting.. BMW uses carbon fiber (more cost) but less battery (18.8 kWh), which results in the same price and same range (among other things of course). Makes me wonder which will come down in price faster.. carbon fiber manufacturing or battery manufacturing.

Steve Strange

The range will not be the same. At least not on the freeway, where it really matters. The M-B will have significantly better range than the i3 on the freeway, since it has a significantly larger battery capacity.

Jouni Valkonen

Tesla battery has also twice the energy density compared to BMW battery. So actually Mercedes B-class battery is lighter than i3 battery.

But still I wait when graphene takes auto markets by storm! When graphene manufacturing is learned, it means that cars can be made ultra light and graphene batteries has ultra high energy density. But unfortunately graphene technology is still unknown future and I cannot see the exact timeline.

Dayton P. Strickland

I thought the range was going to be 115 miles. I saw the whole range of B-class automobiles at the September Frankfurt auto show and was extremely impressed. They even have an LPG model aimed at taxi drivers. I would love it if they would bring over that and the diesel in addition to the electric model. As for BMW, they should consider offering their extremely popular 1 series hatch/wagon to our market. The Europeans have already figured out that notchback sedans as passe and hatch/wagons are much more practical and personally I think look better too.

Tom Moloughney

Mercedes has thrown around a lot of “more than 100 miles” comments Dayton, but until we get the EPA range rating it’s all just speculation. The European range test is much less strenuous that what is used in the US and the B-Class Electric Drive achieves a 124 mile range on that test, exactly the same as the 2013 Nissan LEAF did which then achieves an 84 mile range (when fully charged) on the EPA 5-cycle test. There fore it would be easy to assume the B-Class Electric Drive will likely have a range in the mid-80’s, but lets see when the EPA rating is announced – which will be in the spring.

Brandon

Was expecting much more from a Mercedes electric car, being Mercedes, don’t know why they chose the weird looking van thing.

Anton Wahlman

Perhaps people like vans and wagons. That is, if you have any need for rear-seat headroom and ability to put more than a few grocery bags in the luggage space.

Aaron

@Brandon: You must be American. Europeans love hatchbacks and station wagons.

ModernMarvelFan

Tesla Clones don’t like DC quick charging..

and Tesla doesn’t want to share its private network.

Brian

For now. Tesla’s Supercharger network is what sets them apart today, and it is most likely what will keep them in the business of selling cars until they can get the GenIII to market. I suspect that by the end of the decade, if Tesla is still around, they will start allowing others to buy into the network, much like a 60kWh Model S owner can buy in at any time for $2000.

Alan Campbell

These little wagons create the best opportunity to hide the battery pack with a retro fit EV, next to station wagons.

But I would rather spend $35k on a 150 EV mile C-Max EV, than $45k on a 90 EV mile B-Class.

Because with EVs at this point, it’s really all about getting as much range as you can for the money. Very much like buying solid state drives for your computer. There is very little difference between the drivability of one over another no matter who makes it.

Range, Range, Range…..it’s all about the Range!

Rich

I was just thinking the same thing. Range is everything. I don’t require 300 miles of range, but 50 miles of range in cold weather is a deal breaker.

I like the MB B-class electric. It’s not sexy but it’s practical. With 115 mile range, It could lose 35% to, cold weather, headlights, heating, wipers, radio and still have enough range for my commute, lunch run, and an errand after work. 115 or 90 miles rated, the real test is how much range does the B-class electric get in cold weather conditions.
To this point, I came across a youtube video showing a brand new Nissan Leaf (75 mile range) getting 51 to 52 miles of real world range in cold snowy conditions. That comes out to a 32% difference between the EPA rating and the actual range.

Here’s the video:

Jay Cole
Not that I don’t agree that the LEAF can easy only get low 50s in snowy conditions at below freezing temperatures…it certainly can. …but that video has a cut at 3:09 where he goes from no partial trees to “2 full trees” and the time on the dash moves from 8:16 to 9:33 (ultimately 9:36)…indicating the car has been running with the heat going for 80 mins while travelling only 20.3 miles….or 15 mph. The LEAF heater will easy gobble several kWh of power over that time. The poster says “But after driving 24 miles, the guess-o-meter showed 2 miles of remaining charge. If I planned to go 41 miles with that level of charge based on what the guess-o-meter promised, I would be stranded about 15 miles away from my destination” In the comments he mentions that he stopped for a pizza, clearly the car (and likely the heater) was left running while that pizza cooked and whatever else he was doing. I would suggest if he drove from point A to point B at 35 mph (a realistic number for the conditions shown) he makes that 41 miles without much trouble. —- Sidenote: I’ve had a LEAF driving… Read more »