The B-Class electric drive – German brand’s first volume electric car has gone on sale in the UK with prices from £26,950 including government grant.
The facelifted Mercedes-Benz B-Class is now available with two petrol, diesel and electric drive too – is now available to order with first deliveries to made early 2015.
Using battery technology developed by Tesla, the B-Class electric drive has a 142 mileage range and the 178bhp electric motor allows to accelerate 0-62mph in just 7.9 seconds with top speed of 99mph. But Mercedes claims to consists all the versatility of the B-Class with five seats and same 501 litres of boot space that allows to extend up to 1,456 litres by folding rear seats down. Telsa’s advanced developed technology, makes the B-Class electric drive a fastest accelerating five seater electric car in its class.
The B-Class electric would be available in two trim ranges – Sport and Electric Art. The basic Sport model features a plenty of standard equipments such as – 17 inch alloys, new front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, a seven inch touch screen, Artico trim, a reversing camera and cruise control with a choice of eight metallic paint colours. The basic Sport model starts from £26,950 after the government grant with the Electric Art commanding a £295 premium.
The second, Electric Art model gets 18 inch alloys, contrasting mirrors, radiator grille, automatic climate control, contrast blue stitching and aluminum trim. This trim is exclusively available in either cirrus white or south seas blue.
Buyers of B-Class electric version would get an optional ‘Energy Assist Package’ for £945 featuring adaptive energy recuperation systems to sense road conditions and adapt the regenerative ‘engine’ braking to suit. The package also includes privacy glass and heated windscreen to reduce load on the air conditioning system and a ‘Range Plus’ button(for occasional use) to designed to add a bit more range to battery that would normally be possible.
The B-Class Electric powered by lithium-ion batteries are tightly packaged under the floor of the car to retain its standard cabin room and boot space. The batteries can be charged through a wall box that takes between three to four hours, while using a conventional 13-amp plug takes around nine hours to fully charge from zero stats.
This zero emission electric drive version of the B-Class has been built on the success of the petrol and diesel models as the company has sold over 350,000 units of B-Class worldwide since launched.
The Mercedes is very excited announcing the company’s first electric model that finally available to order now.
At Car Leasing Made Simple, we are pleased to announce this zero emission Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric car is available on lease now that you can check prices on our Mercedes-Benz B-Class lease page here.
What are the alternative electric models?
[wptab name=’BMW i3′]
BMW i3 is the first premium brand compact electric vehicle makes a great city car. With stubby styling and unique carbon fibre structure, the i3 takes BMW’s driving principals to a new area.
BMW i3 powered by a 168bhp electric motor fitted to a single-speed gearbox that drives the rear wheels and able to takes you 0-62 mph in just 7.2 seconds and has a top speed of 93mph. It offers mileage range of between 80 to 100. It can go 0 to 80% charge in just three hours and a full charge in four hours.
[/wptab] [wptab name=’Nissan Leaf’]
Nissan Leaf is the award winning electric car that has set a strong standard for its rivals. The Leaf is very easy, fun and comfortable to drive plus peanuts to run. It has plenty of room makes a perfect economical family car.
Nissan Leaf powered by lithium ion batteries that travels up to 124 miles on a single charge. Accelerates 0-62 mph in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 87mph.
[/wptab] [wptab name=’Kia Soul EV’]
Kia Soul EV is the first electric car from the Kia brand that makes a great choice for city commuters, with a range of 124 miles. This compact crossover is good and comfortable to drive.
It powered by 27kWh lithium-ion battery travels up to 124 miles on a single charge, accelerates 0-62 mph in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 90 mph.
[/wptab] [wptab name=’Tesla ModelS’]
Tesla Models S is one of the best all-electric saloon car that is quick as Porsche, eco friendly as Leaf and luxurious as Mercedes. It is truly all-rounder offers excellent 244 miles on 60kwh(306 miles on 85kw/h) battery on a single charge. Accelerates 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and has maximum top seed of 120mph.
Tesla Model S shows “a stylist and smart way to go green.”
[/wptab] [wptab name=’Volkswagen e-Golf’]
Volkswagen e-Golf is very user friendly family hatchback car offers quite and comfortable driving experience but its low range is bit against it.
Volkswagen e-Golf powered by 115bhp electric motor and lithium ion battery that travels up to 83 miles on a single charge. Accelerates 0-62 mph in 10.4 seconds and has a top speed of 84mph.