The Tesla-powered Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive just received its EPA ratings: 85 MPGe City; 83 MPGe Highway and 84 MPGe Combined, putting it well behind that of the Nissan LEAF’s 114 MPGe, the BMW i3′s market-leading 124 MGPe and even the 89 MPGe of the Tesla Model S P85.
US EPA says the BMW i3 has a range of 81 miles with a combined MPGe of 124 (138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway).
It is also important to point out that EPA doesn’t test the B-Class Electric Drive with the optional range package (range mode button, which allows for 100% charging). Therefore for this test, the Mercedes B-Class ED had several kWh of extra capacity (28 kWh usable with standard charge from 36 kWh battery pack) that adds weight to the vehicle.
This added weight certainly hurts its MPGe figures, but the B-Class ED gets an additional 17 miles of range for 104 miles total.
The B-Class will go on sale this summer in the ten ZEV states, and then slowly start to expand to all fifty. Starting price for the car is $41,450 plus $925 for destination.