Today is the day when the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive officially launches in the U.S.

Since the US is the world's leading plug-in vehicle market, Mercedes-Benz choose wisely to launch the B-Class Electric Drive here first, meaning that today is actually the worldwide launch for the Tesla-powered pure electric B-Class.

With pricing starting at $41,450 and a range of up to 104 miles with the optional range package, we think Mercedes-Benz has a winner on its hands here.

Unfortunately, it won't be immediately available in all 50 U.S. states (maybe it will never be offered nationwide).  Here's the latest in regards to availability:

"2014 B-Class Electric Drive will be available at Mercedes-Benz dealers in CA, CT, ME, MD, MA, NJ, NY, OR, RI and VT. 50-state availability will be announced at a later date."

InsideEVs is aware of at least a few B-Class Electric Drives that were order months ago and have been waiting at U.S. ports for rather quite a long time now.  It's likely that there's quite a bit of B-Class ED supply already in the US, meaning that first month sales (even though limited to only 2 weeks) could be relatively strong.

Long-term, we expect B-Class ED sales to be on the low side.  Somewhere in the neighborhood of a few hundred per month is what we're hearing as the target set by M-B.  It's unfortunate that Mercedes-Benz is treating the B-Class ED is something between a compliance EV and a real electric vehicle.  It's our belief that If M-B truly got behind this EV, then it would be a hit and you'd see it easily outselling the BMW i3.

Anyways, we're still thrilled to celebrate the arrival onto the U.S. market of one more plug-in vehicle.

B-Class Electric Drive On Display In New Jersey - Image Via Tom Moloughney

B-Class Electric Drive On Display In New Jersey - Image Via Tom Moloughney

B-Class Electric Drive On Display In New Jersey - Image Via Tom Moloughney

B-Class Electric Drive On Display In New Jersey - Image Via Tom Moloughney

B-Class Electric Drive On Display In New Jersey - Image Via Tom Moloughney

B-Class Electric Drive On Display In New Jersey - Image Via Tom Moloughney