Video: AutoBild Reviews Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive


German publication AutoBild recently review the Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive.

Some Basic B Class ED Specs

Some Basic B Class ED Specs

Unfortunately, the German auto magazines posts in a language called German, which means that most of what’s mentioned is lost on us.

We do, however, have the ability to loosely translate (thanks Google!) some of what’s mentioned.

So, here are the takeaway points:

  • Battery pack hidden under floorboard of vehicle
  • Tesla supplies electric motor, battery pack and other crucial electric-drive components
  • Fascia differs slightly from standard B Class
  • Rest of appearance is nearly identical to conventional B Class
  • It’s quick (o to 62 mph in 7.9 second)
  • Top speed is 99 mph
  • Three regenerative braking levels

The B Class Electric Drive will launch first in the US (for once, we get greatness before the Europeans) in 2014.  We expect the B Class ED to be priced to compete with the BMW i3 (mid- to upper $40,000 range).

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10 responses to "Video: AutoBild Reviews Mercedes-Benz B Class Electric Drive"
  1. Tesla Fan says:

    why couldn’t it have been a c-class electric or a sporty sedan why this ugly van looking thing

    1. Aaron says:

      As with the LEAF and other EVs, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally don’t care that much about the appearance of the vehicle, but more its utility and functionality. That’s why I typically choose hatchbacks. The utility of a small SUV without the inefficiency penalty.

      While we’re at it, I’m going to ask you a question, Tesla Fan: Why can’t you use capitals and punctuation to make your posts more readable?

  2. zoe-driver says:

    “Unfortunately, the German auto magazines posts in a language called German”

    What are you smoking ? Qf course they post it in German. What else do you expect ?


    1. Gary H says:

      I think it was meant as a self-deprecating joke.

  3. Rick says:

    The ugliest MB ever, why….?

  4. Bill Howland says:

    Yeah so far the only pure electric sedan with Style and Size has been Tesla’s S.

    Cadillac is testing the water with the ELR, but I’m waiting for a Chrysler Imperial sized thing.

  5. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    It’s a fairly practical shape, any word on battery capacity?

    At that price, and with 40A charging, I would certainly consider trading in my Volt for one, especially if there’s more head/legroom. Though 60A charging would be better!

  6. KeiJidosha says:

    First I’ve heard about multi-level regen on the B class. Very good news. Re; “Style”, I’m not looking for an art project, I want the efficient utility that ends up looking like a small minivan/SUV. And I’d happily pay for the 20kW Tesla OBC option and/or supercharger compatibility too.

  7. Dirk Imhof says:

    und another article in a German auto magazin
    with some more or different facts (as a german guy my personal problem is the language you prefer here…:-) …)

    Here’s what they say:

    “Tesla-Battery” built with 3696 Panasonic 18650 cells, total Cap. is 28,5 kWh, 100kw/136hp, NEDC Range 200km (125mls in your language), 310 lbs-ft torque, FWD

    They built the car 40mm (1.5 inch) higher but lowering the ground plate to get enough space for the battery.

  8. Intercar Mercedes says:

    I totally support Mercedes going electric. Can’t wait to have these in our inventory to join the “green” movement in the automobile industry.