B-Class ED

B-Class ED

Kelley Blue Book show us its first-drive review of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive.

The B-Class Electric Drive is priced from approximately $42,000 dollars and has a projected range of 85 miles on a single charge, both (price and range) of which are comparable to the BMW i3.  The electric M-B has approximately the same range as the less luxurious Ford Focus Electric, Nissan LEAF and so on.

B-Class ED

B-Class ED

As always, Mercedes-Benz's styling and other unique aspects are fitted to the B-Class Electric Drive, but it's powered by Tesla Motors supplied batteries and drivetrain. It is equipped with 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque with a 0-60 mph in just under 8 seconds.

Like all electric vehicles, the B-Class is quiet, but KBB praises the B-Class Electric Drive for being quiet at all speeds.

While this is not a sporty vehicle, the suspension has a sport-like stiff feel to it so that it can handle twisting roads at the sacrifice of a soft ride.

A range boosting package will add an extra 18 miles to the range, which is activated before charging according to KBB. Using this a lot may decrease battery capacity over time. However, the batteries are covered by an 8 year/100,000 mile warranty for defects and loss of range.  Free roadside assistance and no-cost maintenance is provided throughout the warranty period.

The B-Class Electric Drive has 4 different regenerative braking modes and a large cargo space.

So, in recapping the KBB review, it seems the B-Class ED offers all the necessities of a traditional car without the hassles that come with having a fuel-burning engine.

KBB's in-depth review of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive can be found here.