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Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Originally published on Gas2.

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With a Tesla drivetrain and a base price of $41,450, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will hit U.S. showrooms this summer. Production is already underway, and this BMW i3 competitor has plenty to recommend it. But are Mercedes customers ready to commit to a pure electric car?

Hey, if it worked for Tesla, it should work for Mercedes too, right? Boasting a range of 124 miles per charge in its home market, but just 85-miles in the U.S., the Mercedes B-Class Electric will also be eligible for the $7,500 Federal tax credit. That brings the base price down to under $35,000, and in places like California, additional rebates could make it even cheaper than the entry-level Mercedes CLA.

With 177 horsepower, Mercedes is claiming a 0 to 60 MPH sprint of 7.9 seconds, making it competitive with the BMW i3, a car Mercedes brass is aiming directly for. On paper, the B-Class Electric seems to have what it takes to be a viable zero emissions option for buyers.

I think it’s gonna flop. It’s too boring. It blends in. There’s nothing to tell the average schmoe on the street that its an electric vehicle. The Tesla Model S? You know that’s electric. The BMW i3? Nothing else in Bimmer’s lineup looks like it. Even the Nissan Leaf is distinguishable enough from its stable mate, the Versa, to warrant a second glance.

For a company so critical of Tesla, they might be setting themselves up for a rude awakening.

The Mercedes B-Class Electric is as “meh” looking as a Mercedes can be, Tesla drivetrain or not. The B-Class is all business, and no passion, born out of necessity rather than desire, like the couple that finally gives in to peer pressure and has a baby, just so everyone will stop bugging them about it. That kid might not have the brightest of futures, y’know?

But then again, maybe I’m wrong. After all, the Top Gear crew fell for the Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive, and maybe some of that fire bled into the B-Class. Personally though, even at this price point, the BMW i3 still seems like the no-brainer pick to me. Somebody want to convince me otherwise?

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  • CaptD

    Perhaps the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive that will hit U.S. showrooms this summer is designed to NOT standout, just provide Mercedes-Benz quality to its younger customers that want eVehicle coolness that hopefully will hopefully be able to use Tesla supercharging stations. As Tesla brings it battery factory on line, I look for range in all those eVehicles using Tesla’s drivetrain to get even more mileage per charge.

    • D Energy

      Tesla is only providing low-mileage batteries to companies using their drivetrain. They are only using the higher mileage batteries in their own cars – heard this directly from the Tesla salesperson at their dealer in Palo Alto.

      • CaptD

        D Energy – I have no knowledge one way of the other, but I bet any such current decisions are based upon current battery situation and could be changed quickly when Tesla BIG battery factory is up and running.

  • Ronald Brakels

    Don’t read too much into this statement, but I think an electric BMW that looks just like every other BMW out there is going to do just fine in Germany. It will help a lot of oil powered BMW drivers transission directly into the electric model. And many will go electric because it will feel like a perfectly natural step for many German citizens who tend to be a bit greener than the developed world average.

  • http://archonic.com Joshua Mark

    “For a company so critical of Tesla, they might be setting themselves up for a rude awakening.”

    What the hell are you talking about? Tesla exists because Mercedes saved them with a massive investment.

    “I think it’s gonna flop. It’s too boring.”

    Thanks for that deep insight. Have you ever thought that some people are staying away from electric cars because of how much they stand out?

    The range is disappointing for the cost. You can get a larger range spending less on a conversion from a small company. Given that, it seems this is a money grab at a rapidly expanding market instead of a novel vehicle.

    • Chris Aloise

      Which small company are you referring to?

      • http://archonic.com Joshua Mark

        There’s a few garages in the eastern US that do conversions for around $10k. I don’t know which one specifically but take a look on an electric conversion forum and you’ll find them.

  • TedKidd

    Can’t wait to see it!!

    “a range of 124 miles per charge in its home market, but just 85-miles in the U.S.”

    Sup with dat?? That is a VERY significant difference.

    • http://archonic.com Joshua Mark

      The EU cycle for determining efficiency is quite a bit more lenient than the US cycle. Still, it seems the discrepancy is too large for that to be the only reason.

      • Jouni Valkonen

        Tesla’s NEDC range is 310 miles compared to EPA range 265 miles. And Tesla claims 300 miles for the range.

        In practice however there is only 80 % of battery power in use as it is better for the battery to not charge above 90 % or discharge below 10 %.

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