2015 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive: Range Package Now Standard

OCT 26 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 18

What was a $600 option for Model Year 2014 becomes standard for 2015.

Of course, we’re referring to the “Range Package” on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, which is listed under standard equipment in this preliminary ordering guide for Model Year 2015.

As Mike McCarver, uploader of this PDF preliminary guide notes:

“Many options moved to the standard list: Range package, Garmin Nav, Keyless go, etc. Plus more wheel selections, 16″ Aluminum standard (17″ initially) plus a multi spoke 18” wheel. One color deleted (the expensive one), some kind of special decal and stitching in an “Electric” package. It would appear that the changes on the 2015 gas B class are implemented on the ED also. Base price is unchanged. The money factor for leases got cut in half effective 10/1.”

The first Model Year 2015 M-B B-Class EDs, which are slightly face-lifted, are expected to roll down the line during the second week of November.  Deliveries should start in the U.S. in early 2015.  A nationwide rollout is set for 2015 – at some point. McCarver thinks that M-B might hold back on first 2015 deliveries until that rollout is underway.

We have come to believe that Mercedes, knowing the newer iteration of the B-Class was due shortly, set out to only produce the plug-in version in very limited quantities waiting on volume production in 2015; very little inventory on the 2014 B-Class ED can be found anywhere in the world.

Standard Equipment List - 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Standard Equipment List – 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Standard Equipment List - 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Standard Equipment List – 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Description Of Range Package

Description Of Range Package

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I know folks are quick to accuse Mercedes as the only company charging extra to access the battery that is already there.

Tesla did it with all the Model S 40kWh sales. Each one has a 60kWh battery, but is software restricted to 40kWh. If you pay about $10,000 extra, you can use the other part of the battery.

That’s not quite comparing apples to apples. Tesla originally intended to offer a unique 40kwh drivetrain. When the sales numbers during the initial orders didn’t justify the development, they canned the 40 pack and offered the software restricted 60 to the reservation owners already inline and then no longer offered it for new orders. The only alternative would have been to force the 40 orders to 60 and allow them to cancel.

That’s not quite the same as what Mercedes did with the range pkg.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Plus, I believe Tesla 40kWh buyers get the increased performance of the 60, just not the range…

The price difference between the Model S 40 and the Model S 60 is 10000 $ which would indicate a 500 $ price per extra KWh. In the same time the price difference between the Model S 60 and the Model S 85 is also 10000 $ which would indicate a 400 $ price per extra KWh. Could it be that the price per extra KWh is actually 400 $ but that passing from the Model S 40 to the Model S 60 would also include the extra 2000 $ for supercharge?
If it is the case and 400 $ is indeed the price per extra KWh then a potential Model S 115 with a 115 KWh battery would be sold at the price of 91900 $.

Priusmaniac,

The current pricing is $10,000 to go from the 60 kWh model to the 84 kWh model, but that includes both the $2000 Supercharging option and the $1000 Michelin tire upgrade. So the actual battery pack upgrade cost is $7,000, or $280 per kWh.

Adding additional battery cells is not easy… take a look at the packaging.

Anyone know how many 40s are out there and are they hackable?

Tesla originally said the take rate was 4 percent. I have not heard of any being successfully hacked.

So question. The car is listed as 85 miles of range. Is that 15 miles achieved using the “range button” added to the 85 miles, meaning 100 miles total range? Or is it 70 miles normally and you have to press the button to get 85 miles?

I believe its 85miles normally and 100 after pressing the range button.

LOL range package

all they did was limit the full capacity of the battery to make some extra $$$$$$

It appears that the B-Class and RAV4 EV both have been set up so that the “Standard Charge” is a fixed amount of energy. What this means is that you will be able to drive the same distance on a Standard Charge for quite a long time, even as the battery degrades over time. However, the extra amount of energy stored in the “Extended Charge” (RAV4 EV terminology) or pressing the Range button in the B-Class, will decrease over time with battery degradation.

GM is limiting the battery in the Volt too and Renault does it with the Zoe. They just don’t have this button to use the upper limit. Though I heard climatizing the Volt 3 to 4 times after a full charge while still plugged in, would work around that and add almost 10 more miles of range.

No, that doesn’t work. Maybe a 1/4 to 1/2 mile at most.

Is this just a way for them to advertise an unofficial range number while still respecting rules around using EPA-rated ranges?

Making customers pay extra for the feature is perhaps a bit off, but maybe not too unusual for premium cars.

They have not made the extra range standard though to give the battery an easier time with lower DOD in normal use.

To be fair, most of that $600 is for the heated windshield and extra insulation inserts part of the package, not the range button.

MB bundled 3 items loosely related to range in one package, 2 of which have significant material costs. The fact that it is now standard is a recognition that the option bundling didn’t really make much marketing sense in the first place.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

With that size of a battery, this car should have been at least 150kW/500NM torque. Also, while the 10kW charging is pretty darned good, lacking fast DC charging isn’t.

Still, might be worth a check to see if it has more head and rear legroom than the next Volt..

Everyone forgets that most EV variants use conventional ICE drivetrain components that can’t take huge torque.

I’d rather they turn it down than replace bearings and joints every 10k miles.

And before you say “put in big ones”, consider the cost points EVs need to hit.