The roads today are lined with electric vehicles (EVs) from different manufacturers. In a bid not to remain behind, Mercedes Benz created an electric version of its popular hatchback, the Mercedes Benz B-Class. That was in 2013 and unfortunately, the car has to be phased out. That’s right, Mercedes Benz will discontinue the EV in the USA by the end of 2017.
If numbers are to mean anything, the electric B-Class never did all that well in the US. From the time the car was launched in 2013, it only managed to sell a little over 3000 units. Part of the reason this might be the case is that Mercedes only sold the car in a few states.
When it was first released, the electric B-Class could cover 67 miles on a single charge. That was quite decent four years ago, but today, things are more competitive than that. Take for example, the Tesla Model 3 which can sweep over 220 miles on a single charge. With 177 horsepower, the electric B-class could reach 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Simply put, the B-Class cannot compete on the current electric vehicle market.
But that does not mean Mercedes has given up on electric cars in the US. It has recently launched an entire sub brand, the EQ. This brand has been designated as Mercedes’s dog in the electric car fight. It will be exclusively for battery-electric cars.
In 2016, at the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled its very first car under the EQ sub brand. The car, which is named Generation EQ, can go 310 miles per full charge. Each axle has its own electric motor and thanks to that, the Generation EQ can shoot from 0-60 in under 5 seconds. That is okay for an everyday driving car.
Benz has plans of developing 10 different electric models by 2025. The company also projects that electric vehicles will make up between 15 to 20 percent of all its sales by that year.