2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Debuts at 2013 New York Auto Show

2013 New York Auto Show


  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Picture

    2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive Picture

    2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. | March 26, 2013

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2013 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, one of the vehicles in the vanguard of luxury EVs, made its global debut on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
  • The first battery-electric car from Mercedes-Benz will launch in the U.S. in early 2014.
  • A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman told Edmunds that pricing will not be available until the fall at the earliest and that it is uncertain whether the car will be sold or leased here at this point.

NEW YORK — The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, one of the vehicles in the vanguard of luxury EVs, made its global debut on Wednesday at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Up until now, most battery-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, were targeted at mainstream audiences and not luxury buyers.

The first battery-electric car from Mercedes-Benz will launch in the U.S. in early 2014. The company says the B-Class will be introduced only as an electric car in the U.S. The B-Class Electric Drive is based on the gasoline version of the car.

Terry Wei, a Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman told Edmunds that pricing will not be available until the fall at the earliest and that it is uncertain whether the car will be sold or leased here at this point.

While not a head-to-head competitor, the five-passenger B-Class Electric Drive is likely to target the 2014 Cadillac ELR, which debuts at the same time. The Cadillac ELR is the sister vehicle to the Chevrolet Volt and is equipped with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Cadillac ELR is expected to be priced starting at around $60,000.

The B-Class Electric Drive is equipped with a 100 kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Mercedes-Benz said it is expected to deliver more than 134 horsepower. It has a top speed of 100 mph and a range of approximately 115 miles. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in under 10 seconds, according to the automaker.

Mercedes-Benz did not offer an mpg-equivalent rating on the B-Class Electric Drive. The EPA has not yet announced official fuel economy ratings on the B-Class Electric Drive.

The car's battery can be recharged at a standard domestic power outlet. The charging time for a range of 60 miles is less than two hours. Mercedes-Benz said the car can be checked and configured via the Internet.

Standard features include an MP3-capable CD player and a USB connection. The multimedia system Comand Online with Internet access is optional.

Mercedes-Benz said the battery is located under the floor in the B-Class Electric Drive "for crash protection." Standard safety features include a radar-based accident warning system with adaptive brake assist.

Edmunds says: Luxury buyers are about to get a zero-emissions alternative from Mercedes-Benz.

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