2014 B-Class Electric Drive - With Tesla Inside
Previously, Mercedes-Benz had stated that the upcoming 2014 B-Class Electric Drive would get from 0 to 62 mph in under 10 seconds. Well, there's a lot of area under 10 seconds, which left us wondering whether the B-Class would be in the zippy league of the BMW i3 or the less-than-quick area of the majority of the rest of the plug-in pack.
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At a confirmed 7.9 from 0 to 62 mph, the B-Class Electric Drive will indeed give the BMW i3 a run for its money. The i3 may be quicker (0 to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds in pure electric form), but the B-Class Electric Drive has several advantages.
For starters, the B-Class seats 5, whereas the i3 only holds 4.
The B-Class has vastly more cargo space, too.Then there's this "We have Tesla inside" comment made by Mercedes-Benz board member Thomas Weber.
Tesla is well known for its ability to produce exceptional electric powertrains, which have been in production for some time now. M-B is playing up the fact that Tesla = know-how, luxury and tried-and-true. BMW cannot yet say this of its electric hardware found in the i3.
Weber further says that the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive will beat the competition in all "essential criteria" and that it'll put the competition on the lookout.
Range of the B-Class Electric Drive will likely be slightly above that of the pure electric i3. Mercedes-Benz claims that the 28-kWh pack in the B-Class is good for up to 200 km (125 miles), but we think it'll be rated by the EPA at ~ 100 miles, compared to the i3's ~90ish miles. A wash really, but if the B-Class comes out on top, then you can bet M-B will focus on marketing it like that.
All we need to know now if what the price of the B-Class Electric Drive will be. That'll be the decision for most who are choosing between the i3 and the B-Class.
The B-Class Electric Drive will launch first in the US in Spring 2014 (roll-out over the summer regionally), which means that its US launch will be almost at exactly the same time as the i3 (second quarter 2014).