ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
The B-Class Electric Drive is the first all-electric car that Mercedes-Benz has offered in the U.S. It has about 85 miles of range, and its 36-kWh lithium-ion battery can be replenished in 4 hours. The B-Class seats five, and the battery pack doesn't intrude on passenger or cargo space. However, the car feels rather outdated, due in part to its stiff ride and clumsy handling, and it's neither particularly quick nor very quiet. A number of advanced safety and convenience features are available, including a system that lets the driver check on the charging status via a smartphone. As with all EVs, the B-Class electric qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax incentive.