Overview of the Mercedes-Benz Plug-In Vehicles Bound For the US in the Near Future


Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive in Geneva - Powered by Tesla

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive in Geneva – Powered by Tesla

We now have a clear view of the plug-in vehicles from Mercedes-Benz that are US-bound in the near future.

First up for the US is the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, a BEV that’s set to launch in select states this summer:

“…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.”

Basic B Class ED specs:

  • 0 to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds
  • 28 kWh battery pack
  • Range ~ 90 miles
  • 174 hp
  • 228 pound feet of torque
  • Top speed 100 mph
  • 10 kW charging capability
  • Price tag “in the low $40s”
S500 Plug-In Hybrid

S500 Plug-In Hybrid

Then we have the Mercedes-Benz S Class S500 Plug-In Hybrid.  This is scheduled to go on sale in the US during the first half of 2015.  We suspect Mercedes will offer this on the nationwide level.

S500 PHEV specs (note: quoted fuel economy and range values are based on the fairy tale NEDC test cycle):

  • Fuel consumption of 3 liters/100 km (78.4 US mpg)
  • Emits only 69 g/km of CO2
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 328 hp and 354 pound- feet of torque
  • Electric motor adds 107 hp and 251 pound-feet of torque
  • Top speed 155 mph
  • 0 to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds
  • Electric-only range 18.6 miles

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid will arrive at dealerships in Germany in late 2014.

All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class - PHEV Version Coming Soon

All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class – PHEV Version Coming Soon

Lastly, at least in the near term, is the plug-in hybrid C-Class.

Few details are known at this time, other than that it will enter the production cycle sometime in 2015 and will launch in the US by late 2015.  It’ll be a 2016 Model Year vehicle when it goes on sale in the US.

For now, that’s all we see in the pipeline for Mercedes-Benz in the plug-in vehicle segment.

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8 Comments on "Overview of the Mercedes-Benz Plug-In Vehicles Bound For the US in the Near Future"

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I cannot understand why MB would omit Georgia. The hottest EV market on the east coast. I know it has to do with CAFE or CARB, but common, lets have a few more states added to the initial rollout

I wonder what will that do to the used MB prices? The E class in particular?

Does anyone know how B Class real world range would compare to the Leaf? And what about winter range? Since its a Tesla system does that mean good TMS and likely only a ~20% drop in winter range?

Should be about the same as Leaf. May be a smaller drop in winter.

That S500 PHEV is such a curious product. What buyer of a car like that would consider an AER of 18 miles a bonus worth plugging in for?

Anyone know if the S or C class plug-ins will offer AWD?


those PHEV’s look like a complete waste of money

I like how car manufacturers never list the performance of their new PHEVs while in EV mode. Usually because unlike the Volt almost all the recent PHEVs have a pure ev 0-60 time of around 12-13 sec. The ICE kicks on in order to get any kind of realistic acceleration.