Prices start from €39,151 (including 19 percent VAT), but the EV can also be leased through the Mercedes-Benz Bank from €399 a month – the sample calculation is for a 36-month contract, a total mileage of 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) and a one-off leasing payment of €8,473.31.
Powered by a 132 kW (177hp) electric motor with a peak torque of 340 Nm (251 lb-ft), the B-Class Electric Drive is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds. Driving range is 200 km (124 miles), but it can be extended by up to 30 km (18.6 miles) with the optional Range Plus package, priced at €892.50.
Pressing the Range Plus button in the upper control panel extends the chargeable capacity of the battery the next time it is charged, releasing more capacity. In addition to a longer range, Range Plus also includes a heated windscreen, various insulation measures and heat-insulating, dark-tinted glass.
Since the lithium-ion battery is located in the underfloor, the B-Class Electric Drive benefits from the same level of space as its conventionally-powered siblings, with room for five passengers and a boot volume of 501 liters (17.7 cu-ft).
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is available with three equipment lines: Style (€1,065.05), Urban (€1,707.65) and the exclusive Electric Art (€2,308.60). The latter offers two exclusive paintwork finishes (cirrus white and south sea blue), with further enhancements including accented 18-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted louvers on the radiator grille and “Electric Drive” lettering on the side of the vehicle, among other features.
Deliveries will begin before the end of the year in Germany.