The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive, likewise called the B250e, is a compact electric hatchback that’s just been on sale since 2013. It’s likewise the only version of the B-Class the German automaker offers in America. But it is not gonna be around much longer.
According to a report, Mercedes will phase out production of the B250e in upcoming months. It will keep producing the gas and diesel variations, but given that those aren’t offered in the United States, this statement means the B-Class will no longer be available in the country.
The front-wheel-drive hatchback’s single electric motor creates 177 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, which Mercedes suggests is good for a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds. The 28-kilowatt-hour battery, on the other hand, gives the electric hatch a variety up to 87 miles on a charge. Rates starts simply under $41,000 before tax credits.
Mercedes states the electric B-Class Hatch will be phased out to enable its Rastatt plant to be reconfigured to manufacture the next-generation compact vehicle it prepares to start selling in 2018. But as Automotive News mentions, the B250e has actually likewise been a slow mover ever since it was presented. Since it went on sale toward the end of 2013, just 3,651 have been sold globally. For contrast, the Nissan Leaf has sold around 10 times much units in the U.S. during the same period.
In the U.S., at least, this is partly the outcome of the electric B-Class’ limited accessibility. It was at first only offered in a number of states, and while it was later on used across the country, dealerships never kept numerous in stock. Without strong sales, it was just a matter of time before Mercedes ended. The automaker is still dedicated to constructing EVs, although with Mercedes manager Dieter Zetsche assuring an “electric product offensive” through its upcoming EQ brand.