oilerlord wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:03 pm
Imo, the B250e (along with most compliance-car / small battery EV's) were made to be leased because:
- They are usually offered with huge lease incentives, but purchasing the car is typically done close to MSRP.
- You'll return your leased vehicle before battery degradation becomes an issue.
- These cars were produced in such small numbers that a replacement battery pack is ridiculously expensive... last time I checked, about $20K - close to what I paid for the entire used car! This isn't a Camry you can cheaply maintain to 300K miles.
- EV's hemorrhage their resale value like no other vehicle (perhaps Tesla notwithstanding). When you return the lease, the huge depreciation hit is the dealer's problem, not yours.
- Most MB dealerships aren't equipped to service a B250e.
Interesting take, while I don't agree with all your points, I'd suggest that MB entered the EV market to "test the waters". When the B250e wasn't a runaway success, they put the brakes on the program.
The B250e appeal (or lack there of) is reflected in the poor resale (and off-lease) value. The premature power train failure is not unique to the B250e as other Tesla derived marques have discovered.
Tesla started from scratch. The B250e uses the second generation motor, and quite frankly Tesla did/doesn't have enough total vehicle miles to understand long term wear and tear. Other brands have literally millions of miles of refinement for their ICE power trains.
If the B250e fits your narrow "sweet spot" for an EV vehicle, as you say, this is a bargain!
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