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Mercedes-Benz discontinues B-Class Electric Drive

by Ronan Glon

Mercedes has sold just 3,651 electric Bs since 2013.

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to discontinue the B-Class Electric Drive in the United States after the 2017 model year. The decision marks the end of the B's short career on our shores.

The B-Class Electric Drive started life as a compliance car, meaning it was only sold in states with electric vehicle quotas like California. Mercedes later made it available outside of the ZEV states, but it never caught on. That's partly because it starts at $40,825 before incentives, and its range is limited to no more than 87 miles per charge.

Consequently, only 3,651 examples of the B-Class Electric Drive have found a new home in the U.S. since it went on sale in December of 2013, according to industry trade journal . The model will not be replaced by another battery-powered B, but insiders hinted Mercedes is working on an electric hatchback that will join its upcoming EQ sub-brand. It will be previewed by a concept scheduled to break cover this fall at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

American buyers who want a B-Class will need to act fast and scoop up one of the last remaining models in the company's inventory. Across the pond and in Canada, sales of the four-cylinder-powered variants of Mercedes' city-friendly people-mover will continue in the foreseeable future.

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