Slippage.  The word best to describe what has been happening of late with plug-in offerings from Daimler is slippage.

smart ED Has Been Received Well By The Public, In Fact It Caused A Bit Of A Battery Supply Issue For Daimler

smart ED Has Been Received Well By The Public, In Fact It Caused A Bit Of A Battery Supply Issue For Daimler

First the company's national roll-out of the smart ED moved quietly from September of 2013 to October of 2013, to sometime in 2014.

"...currently available for purchase, finance and lease in CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, RI. But don't fret! We'll be charging up everywhere in early 2014."

Now the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive (which we have often caught out testing in the US) is following in the footsteps of its diminutive 68 mile, 2 seat cousin from smart.

Mercedes B-Class ED Interior

Mercedes B-Class ED Interior

What once was an expected release date of January of 2014 for the electric Mercedes, then was "early 2014," has now turned into a regional roll-out sometime in the summer of 2014; with the B-Class ED not being available nationally until much later in 2015.

"...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."

So, not good for customers awaiting the 100 mile (EPA estimate) EV that seats 5 and can zip to 60 mph in about 7.9 seconds.  Although we have a feeling the good folks at BMW are happy that their i3 will now will arrival before their German rival's plug-in offering.