PatricioEV
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Re: To state the obvious, LONGER RANGE PLEASE

Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:48 am

Interestingly, the fact that more recent EVs have much longer range isn't enough for me to make a switch. Like you, I've driven a "short" range EV for years now and have learned I just don't need more range. It would be nice, but not needed. Same with DC fast charging - a nice option, but I never once used it in 6 years of driving my LEAF. There are three main reasons I haven't switched to a different EV:

* I live in Austin and I have never once seen another B class since I bought mine. I do like that it is unique.

* My B was paid off about 6 months after I bought it. Hard to justify spending money when what I really want doesn't exist, which leads to -

* No one makes what I want. I want a GLA that is fully electric (who knows if/when MB will bring the EQA to the US) or an Evoque EV. Teslas are nice but they don't offer an opening sunroof (3, Y), ventilated seats, head up displays, or even actual leather!

The Kona comes closest to having all I want in a size I want and the styling is nice. But you get inside and it's all hard plastic. My MB with the interior package is just so much nicer. EVs won't really take over the market until there is a wide variety of models to suit a wide variety of tastes. Range.. meh. People have learned they don't need 300 or even 200 miles.
'16 B250e
'12 LEAF - sold after 7 years and 95k miles
'98 ZX2 - home DC/lead acid EV conversion - sold 2 years after conversion

Austin, TX

rrattie
Posts: 76
Joined: Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:19 pm

Re: To state the obvious, LONGER RANGE PLEASE

Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:03 am

Well with the pandemic I haven't been driving much. Although I have done one very long trip (244 miles round trip) back in September. On top of that.. my company has gonna 100% remote so I won't even be commuting anymore. Once the pandemic subsides and schools reopen I have a feeling my wife will use the B for her daily commute frequently.

With that.. the B still covers all my needs. I still plan to get the JdeMO for my longer trips because I can't always find something to do for 3 hours while I charge.
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2014 South Seas Blue Metallic B-Class 250 ED

JeffRay
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Re: To state the obvious, LONGER RANGE PLEASE

Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:23 am

Remind please how long to recharge using the jdeMO thing and what is it exactly?
Jeff in NYC
MB '06 E500W; MB '81 380SL
Retired: MB '17 B250e; MB '14 Be

rrattie
Posts: 76
Joined: Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:19 pm

Re: To state the obvious, LONGER RANGE PLEASE

Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:18 pm

It's a ChAdeMO port mounted under the hood of the B that allows us to DC fast charge our B's. The other perk is that it lets you full charge the battery just like if you use the range extender button. So useful on longer road trips.

If I remember correctly it's like 45 minutes from basically empty to full.

Here is a link to the actual product page.
https://qccharge.com/products/jdemo-for ... -and-b250e
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2014 South Seas Blue Metallic B-Class 250 ED

theblakey
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Joined: Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:42 am

Re: To state the obvious, LONGER RANGE PLEASE

Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:00 am

Hi guys, my first post since buying my B250e here in the UK 2 years ago:
If later designed batteries in these new EV cars can go so much further, has anyone investigated replacing the existing batteries in their B250e with newer designed batteries? Would that give us more range in our beloved, luxury EV?

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