2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Pricing Announced

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Things are heating up in the premium-EV segment. The folks at Mercedes-Benz are poised to introduce their new B-Class Electric Drive. Pricing for this small people-hauler was just announced.

And it isn’t necessarily cheap. Entry-level models kick off at $41,450 before any rebates or subsidies are factored in. That’s about 100 bucks more than BMW’s all-new i3 model, though the Benz cannot be had with a gasoline range-extender. A Bimmer so equipped costs about four grand more than its entry-level price.

By comparison the similarly sized but more mainstream Ford C-Max Energi Hybrid starts around $33,000. It features a gasoline engine for long-distance driving and a claimed electric range of roughly 21 miles.

But back to the B-Class. This small crossover-style vehicle features a 177 hp electric motor that delivers 251 lb-ft of torque. Juice is provided by an advanced lithium-ion battery that was co-developed with Tesla. This pack provides a maximum driving range of 85 miles and a zero to 60 time of 7.5 seconds.

The B-Class Electric Drive’s top speed is limited to 100 miles an hour, though charging the battery is not as quick. It can be replenished to a range of about 60 miles in less than two hours using a 240-volt charger.

The car’s interior features a 5.8-inch display screen for showcasing the company’s COMAND infotainment system. Navigation and voice-control technologies are available at extra cost.

This new, all-electric Mercedes is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this summer.

GALLERY: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

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[Source: Motor Authority]

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Patrick McCallum Patrick McCallum on Apr 30, 2014

    hmm, Mercedes said 120 mile range nominal. Which is it 85 or 120? If its rated below 100 miles its not good enough...

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