Mercedes-Benz Prices 2014 B-Class Electric Drive


The 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, Mercedes-Benz's new four-door electric vehicle hatchback, will arrive at dealerships in July with a price tag of $42,375, including a $925 destination charge. The B-Class Electric Drive could be eligible for federal tax credits of as much as $7,500, in addition to state and local credits. The luxury EV initially will be available only in 10 states, including California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, with nationwide expansion expected to be announced next year. The EV version is the only variant of the B-Class available in the U.S.; gas and diesel models are sold internationally.

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Up Close

The automaker says the electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, is equivalent in power to a three-cylinder gas engine making 177 horsepower and 251 pounds-feet of torque. Mercedes-Benz estimates a zero-to-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 100 mph. The automaker also said charge time for 60 miles of range should take less than two hours on a 240-volt outlet; the vehicle's maximum range is estimated at 85 miles. When the B-Class originally was announced, its range was expected to be 115 miles; that figure is 30 miles more than the estimated range now being reported.

By Matt Schmitz | April 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

More Electric Cars Than Ever, Still Not Available Everywhere

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As more manufacturers introduce electric cars, these battery-powered vehicles are becoming something people see on the road every day. At least in some parts of the country, they are.

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The number of purely electric vehicles offered in the U.S. will grow to a dozen by the end of this year. Many of those EVs are available only in a small number of states, however, with California being the epicenter of electric-car sales.

By Rick Popely | March 11, 2014 | Comments (4)

Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show

M-b-Concept GLA

  • Looks like: A swanky compact crossover from Mercedes-Benz
  • Defining characteristics: Layered dashboard, aggressive exterior styling
  • Ridiculous features: "Laser-beam projector headlights," temperature-dependent color-changing interior air vents
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Built on current Mercedes A- and B-Class vehicle platforms, so probably very good

The last big auto show of the global season is upon us, and it is shaping up to be perhaps the biggest of the circuit. Mercedes-Benz has chosen the Shanghai motor show in China to unveil a new concept: the Concept GLA compact crossover.

Built off of the same platform as Mercedes-Benz' A- and B-Class vehicles, which we will see in the U.S. as the 2014 CLA sedan and B-Class Electric Drive, it uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to make 208 horsepower. That energy is channeled through a seven-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels using Mercedes-Benz' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. So mechanically, the Concept GLA is certainly feasible, and given the Chinese market's thirst for small premium compact crossovers, it makes sense.

By Aaron Bragman | April 18, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Photo Gallery


Not only is this the first time the Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be available on our shores, it will be sold as a plug-in electric that gets an estimated 115 miles of electric driving range.

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The hatchback, which seats five, is set to go on sale early next year. Engineers designed the B-Class with cargo room and passenger space in mind, putting its 28-kwh lithium-ion battery — which teams with a 134-horsepower electric motor — underneath the vehicle floor. Mercedes claims the B-Class needs just two hours to reach a charge capable of a 60-mile range when hooked up to a 240-volt household power source.

Check out photos of Mercedes’s first electric car below. photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | March 29, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive: Up Close

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class may look familiar to world travelers, but the all-electric B-Class Electric Drive version is new. The four-door hatchback is not a particularly large car, with overall exterior and interior dimensions similar to Ford's C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid. The B-Class is sold internationally with gasoline and diesel engines but not in the U.S. That's about to change when an all-electric B-Class — the only variant — goes on sale here in early 2014 with an estimated range of approximately 115 miles.

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Mercedes' electric B-Class is a full-blown luxury car with a classy, light-colored interior and classic Mercedes appointments; its dashboard layout is similar to the recently introduced entry-level CLA-Class sedan. The B-Class' interior is a step up compared to electric hatchbacks like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. An electric gauge showing charge, power and boost readouts replaces a traditional tachometer. Interior roominess mirrors the C-max's cabin, where at 6 feet tall, I fit snuggly with enough head- and legroom to be comfortable, though there's not much room to spare.

By Joe Bruzek | March 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

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