- The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive hatchback will be priced at $42,375.
- Buyers may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500 or state and local tax credits.
- The B-Class Electric Drive will arrive at dealerships in mid-July.
MONTVALE, New Jersey — The new 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive hatchback will be priced at $42,375, including a delivery charge of $925, Mercedes-Benz USA announced.
Buyers may be eligible for federal tax credits of up to $7,500 or state and local tax credits.
The front-wheel-drive B-Class Electric Drive will arrive at dealerships in mid-July.
Mercedes-Benz dealers in the following states will feature the car: California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. The automaker said 50-state availability will be announced in 2015.
Standard equipment includes a Becker Map Pilot navigation system, collision prevention assist with adaptive brake assist, attention assist and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Other standard features include a 5.8-inch color display, MP3 and CD player and USB port. Connectivity via smartphone allows remote monitoring of battery status and range, planned route with a display of accessible charging stations and even the ability to pre-heat or cool the vehicle.
The array of optional features includes lane-keeping assist, blind-spot warning, parking assist and the Mercedes COMAND multimedia system with 7-inch display.
Based on the compact conventionally powered Mercedes B-Class, which was introduced globally in 2005 and revamped in 2011, the electric version features a drive system that was developed in collaboration with Tesla Motors.
Its electric motor generates 177 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque, which Mercedes-Benz said is approximately equal to the torque of a modern 3.0-liter gasoline engine and results in a 0-60 mph time of 7.9 seconds.
Power comes from a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery located under the vehicle's floor. The manufacturer says it can deliver a maximum range of 85 miles with a 3.5 hour charging time at 240 volts and 40 amps, or 60 miles with a two-hour charge. Battery life is supplemented by regenerative braking and energy-capture during coasting.
To ensure optimum range, Mercedes has electronically limited the top speed of the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive to 100 mph.
The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers on the B-Class Electric Drive.
Competitors to the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive include the 2014 BMW i3 priced at $42,275, including $925 destination fee, and the 2014 Cadillac ELR, which goes for $75,995 with a $995 destination charge.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive is priced competitively with the BMW i3 and significantly below the Cadillac ELR Coupe.