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The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric has not yet come to Georgia so I have no first hand experience. However, since it is in 10 other states there are people who do! I read this excellent review on CleanTechnica written by an actual owner, Kyle Field. It is an interesting perspective because normally you just get the highlights from paid reviewers.
“Digging in to our specific EV — the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive — it looks and feels a lot like a normal car. In fact, this is the same B-Class that has been sold overseas as a gasmobile for many years, with the same exterior and interior with the exception of the minuscule “Electric Drive” badge.”
“The front seats felt a bit less roomy when compared to the BMW i3 whereas the rear seats had MUCH more room than the i3. The B-Class seats 5 while the i3 opted for in-seat cupholders, reducing it’s capacity to 4. Finally, the rear seats in the i3 are accessed through split doors, which requires the front door to open before the rear passengers can enter/exit.”
“With the normal looking exterior, the accelerator of the B-Class houses a fun secret — instant torque! This is difficult to put into words for non-EV drivers but suffice it to say that the accelerator on this EV (and most other EVs) is responsive. When you step on the pedal, it jumps.”
“Overall, we are thrilled with the B-Class. We went into our EV purchase with our eyes open about the pros and cons of EVs and couldn’t be more pleased.”
Thanks for sharing Kyle! Love the charts!
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is coming!
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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is scheduled to be released this summer in CA, CT, MD, OR, NJ, NY, RI and VT in early 2015 for the rest of the US. This is the fist full electric for us as well as the first time we will get the B-Class. Based on previous hybrid launches I am guessing you will need to order early to get yourself a B-Class Electric Drive! I would not expect to see them sitting on the lot waiting to find a home. Get yourself on the list if you know you want this technology!