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This is awesome, although roughly 2x the price of the Smart ED ($40-45k). The article via CNET

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive - Coupe/Hatchback - CNET Reviews

Stats from article:
  • 28 kWh battery pack
  • 115 miles of range
  • 75 kW motor
  • 174 hp
  • 251 lb-ft torque
  • 0-60 in 7.9 s
  • 100 mph top speed
  • 9.6 kW charging (40A @ 240V)
  • 3.5 hrs to recharge from 0
Still no DC quick charge option
Has regen paddles.
Power port is on the drivers side.
 

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Nice, and Canada's had the gas version of this particular car for over a year now. They are practical, if a tad low rent inside in parts (for a Mercedes). The range is disappointing though. They should have a long range option too (extra battery).
 

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Another mind boggling decision from Mercedes, IMHO. The B-Class is a great car, but 115 mile range at that price? Just don't know what they are thinking. :)
 

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Another mind boggling decision from Mercedes, IMHO. The B-Class is a great car, but 115 mile range at that price? Just don't know what they are thinking. :)
They're thinking that the range is longer than its nearest-priced competitor, the BMW i3, and fits the driving needs of most people for an urban vehicle. What other all-electric vehicle except Tesla can offer that range?


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The "less expensive" (in Mercedes terms) gasser B-Class offers a lot more range if that is the issue; other lower priced electrics offer ~80 miles range at about half the price, so the extra 35 miles of range are pretty expensive. I'm sure some folks will buy it just for the uniqueness, and it's a great body style, but.....:)
 

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For some reason (don't ask me why), most people forget that retail prices are before federal tax credit and state incentives are applied. In California, for example, many can deduct $10,000 from the $41,000 price, and end up with a $31,000 electric Mercedes. That's not a tough financial nut for many.


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If this version sells reasonably well, maybe the USA will get the CLA's sister car, the gas powered B Class. The CLA sucks in comparison and costs $3000 more in Canada.
 

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They just had to choose the ugly european van looking thing... couldn't have had a nice electric sedan.


i3 over this.
 

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They just had to choose the ugly european van looking thing... couldn't have had a nice electric sedan.


i3 over this.
BMW could have used the 1 Series like they initially did with the ActiveE. That was a much more traditional sedan-like vehicle. But they had to go with the i3, which imo is the strangest-looking BMW i've ever seen in the US.
 

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They just had to choose the ugly european van looking thing... couldn't have had a nice electric sedan.


i3 over this.
The early A and B-Class were more "smart shaped" but the new versions have changed, not for the better IMHO. But still better looking (and more practical) than a sedan (CLA). :)
 
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