The B-Class Electric Drive is now available to order in the UK and USA/Canada/Australia. Prices in GB start from £31,950, which with a grant from the government drops to £26,950. Producing zero emissions and with a range of up to 142 miles on a single charge, this 178bhp/251lb ft torque B-Class hits 62mph in 7.9 seconds and its boot is capable of holding 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded down.
A government grant chops £5,000 off the B-Class Electric Drive’s price. Full recharge using a wallbox takes up to four hours.
Two trim lines will be offered. The £31,950 Sport model features 17-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch display on the dash, Artico seat trim, a reversing camera and cruise control, plus the option of eight paint colours.
The £295 more expensive Electric Art model comes in Cirrus White or South Seas Blue, and features a contrasting radiator grille and mirrors, plus 18-inch two-tone alloys, blue stitching for the seats and aluminium trim. An optional Energy Assist Package (£945) brings adaptive energy recuperation systems to boost efficiency and thus the car’s range, plus privacy glass, a heated windscreen, extra insulation for the doors and windows, and a ‘Range Plus’ button in the cabin.
This 178bhp B-class goes from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds.
Over its entire life cycle, the B-Class ED produces up to 64 per cent less CO2 than a B180 petrol model.