The new Mercedes Benz B-Class Electric Drive is available to order from £31,950 - £5,000 OLEV Grant which reduces the UK price to £ 26,950.
The B-Class Electric Drive is the first ‘volume’ production electric car from Mercedes Benz. According to official figures it is capable of travelling up to 142 miles from one charge from its 180 hp electric motor. Whether real world figures come anywhere close to the published range we will have to wait and see.
Mercedes have been able to retain the practicality of the B-Class and there is a 501–litre boot which increases to 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded down, the lithium-ion batteries sit under the boot floor.
Charging takes around nine hours from a domestic socket, where fast chargers at public charging stations can reduce the time to around four hours from empty, you can of course have a fast charger fitted at home.
There are two editions at launch, the Sport (£31,950) and the Electric Art (£32,245) – both are available with the OLEV grant which brings the list price down by £5,000.
Available in eight colour finishes, the B-Class Electric Drive Sport is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch central display, Artico trim, automatic climate control, a reversing camera and cruise control.
Where the Electric Art edition comes in either Cirrus White or South Seas Blue with contrasting blue stitching for the seats and aluminium trim, 18-inch dual colour alloy wheels and automatic climate control.
For an extra £945 you can add the Energy Assist Package to either model, which adds adaptive energy recuperation systems that reads the road conditions ahead, which can work in conjunction with the COMMAND system where fitted to read the road topography to maximise the car's recuperation potential, which in turn increases the potential range. It also adds a heated windscreen and privacy glass, plus increased insulation to reduce the load on the air conditioning system. You also gain the occasional use ‘Range Plus’ button which increases the range by wring all the potential out of the batteries which probably does not sound too good, hence the occasional.Published 5 December 2014