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2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive Review

The subcompact luxury EV that Tesla might have built

Mercedes B-class Electric Drive


The Mercedes-Benz B-class platform, currently not available in any form in the U.S. is unfamiliar ground for American car buyers. It’s slightly larger than the European A-class—but slightly shorter, wider and taller than the CLA-Class. For the past few years, Mercedes-Benz has used the B-Class as a platform for several prototype and concept cars, including hydrogen fuel cell and all-electric models.

The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class electric car, due in 2014, is based on the automaker’s Concept B-Class E-Cell Plus, which debuted at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in 2011.

Mercedes-Benz pitches the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive with an urban freedom vibe, and a Daft Punk-ish soundtrack.

Paddle-Regeneration

Like many other German automakers, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will come with paddle-shifters mounted on the steering wheel to allow drivers to adjust the amount of regenerative braking applied on accelerator liftoff. Quickly becoming the gold standard for setting adjustable regenerative braking and found on everything from the Cadillac ELR to the Volkswagen eGolf (and even the European version of the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive), paddle-shift regen controls provide a sportier driving experience than single-button modes.

No Compromises?

With seating for four and a modest 9.18 cubic feet of trunk space, the BMW i3 isn’t the most practical of cars for people with children. But, promises Weber, the B-Class Electric Drive will offer far more space, making it the better choice for EV shoppers with families.

“With the B class, we are bringing out an electric vehicle with five full-fledged seats and no constraints on trunk space,” he said. “With torque of significantly more than 300 newton meters (221 pound-feet) and an acceleration of 0-62 mph (0-100km) in 7.9 seconds, we are offering sports car feeling in a compact car. And the batteries are fully charged in three hours.” He said the B-class Electric Drive will have a real-world range of about 125 miles. As we’ve seen, there can be a big difference between the driving range and EPA efficiency ratings reported by automakers, and what everyday drivers experience.

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The larger Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will have a size and versatility advantage over the quirky i3. But the appeal the optional range-extending engine offered on the i3—capable of adding about 80 to 100 miles of gas-powered range on top of the 80 to 100 miles of electric drive—could be a decisive factor.

Price

As we draw closer to its launch in 2014, Mercedes has been quiet about the car. While BMW has put on a media blitz for the i3 EV, Mercedes has been quietly going about its business of refining and validating the small B-Class Electric Drive. Market introduction is scheduled for late summer 2014.

Availability of the B-Class EV will be limited when it launches next summer, with sales confirmed certainly for California, New York and New Jersey. It will be available for purchase or lease. While pricing has not yet been announced, Thomas Weber, Daimler’s chief of research and development, recently promised it would be “extremely competitive.”

It’s closest competitor is likely to be the BMW i3. Mercedes took a completely different approach with the B-Class Electric Drive, than BMW did with the i3. That’s notable because the Mercedes press kit lists the i3 as the chief competition for the electric B-Class. They are both premium electric vehicles from German manufacturers, and will likely have very similar range and price.

They are both hatchbacks, although the Benz seats five and is larger than the BMW.

Mercedes will also offer a full line of options and interior trim packages for the B-Class EV, the same as any car it sells.

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