2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Hatchback
Although the Mercedes-Benz B-Class isn’t new on other markets, the very first specimen of this hatchback comes to the U.S. this year. It’s not everything, since this car comes as an electric vehicle. The first EV made by this manufacturer is the first one distributed in the U.S. and its full name is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. The expectations about this particular brand are always pretty high. It seems that every Mercedes has to fulfill the highest standards regarding the luxury, performance and quality. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is something new for the U.S. market, for the automotive public in general and in the end for the manufacturer itself. How they managed to blend the modern electric technology and traditional Mercedes-Benz style? Is it even possible to mix those two? Well, the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive doesn’t have identity questions — it’s clear that this hatchback is a full-blooded Mercedes-Benz. Having in mind that electric drive provides not so common performance, the first Mercedes-Benz EV might be a very interesting vehicle, which could change the course of this brand’s future development. Of course, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive isn’t exactly a milestone of an incredible importance, since it has a really pragmatic role — to enhance the palette of the Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the U.S. — but it’s potential influence couldn’t be neglected.
New B-Class Is First Mercedes-Benz Electric Vehicle
This completely new car in the U.S. offers its class and luxury as every other Mercedes-Benz and an electric powertrain made in collaboration with Tesla. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is a way to introduce the luxury and style to the green technology. What they did with Tesla cars is great, but the 2014 B-Class EV isn’t so extravagant and exclusive. It would probably be distributed in 5000 units, but still, this electric hatchback wants to be an ordinary well-built car with a special electric feature.
Of course, there’s no need to stress that this is still a Mercedes, so it comes with an impressive performance, stunning drive range, an extraordinary refinement and a top-notch luxury. Unfortunately, the price of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class EV will be in accordance with the reputation of the brand. The mere fact that this car is underpinned by the same platform which is used as a basic architecture for the vehicles such as the A-Class or the CLA doesn’t mean much by itself, but having in mind that the general plan is to introduce the palette of the compact Mercedes-Benz vehicles to the U.S., the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive could be considered as a pioneer.
2014 Mercedes-Benz Electric Drive Powertrain
As for the powertrain, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive has a 100 kilowatt-hour electric motor and a set of lithium-ion batteries located below the floor. Although this electric hatchback might seem to be not so powerful, the truth is that, thanks to the powertrain, its performance exceeded expectations. With a powertrain which delivers 174 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class EV accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds and its top speed is limited to 100 mph.
Drive Range, Temporary Range Extender And Battery Pack Capacity
The EPA estimated drive range is 87 miles, but there’s always something special about this car — they will offer an optional Temporary Range Extender. Although the capacity of the battery pack is 36 kilowatt-hours, only 28 kilowatt-hours is actually used. The drive range estimate is based on the actual usage of the battery-pack capacity. If a buyer decides get a $600 Temporary Range Extender, the useful capacity of the battery pack will be increased for 5.5 kilowatt-hours, so the drive range is expected to be 104 miles. Even the 87-miles drive range is better than 81 miles autonomy provided by the most prominent B-Class EV’s competitor, the BMW i3. The range extender will certainly have to be used with some restrictions, due to the characteristics of lithium-ion batteries. If used frequently, the special charge could shorten the life of the batteries and lower their capacity.
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Charging
As for the charge time, there is an information that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive needs two hours on a 240V/40A socket for 60 miles drive range. There are some rumors about the possibility that the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive, since its powertrain is engineered by Tesla, could be charged at Tesla’s Supercharger stations.
2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Price And Release Date
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will be available this July. As for the price, this electric hatchback might seem to be a little bit expensive. Without government incentives, the base price of the 2014 B-Class EV will be $41,450. Having in mind the price of its closest competitor, the BMW i3, and the features which this hatchback provides, this price tag seem pretty reasonable.