My B-class lease ends in 8 months. I can’t go back to a gas burner, just can’t, so I’m going to have to find an EV replacement (the RX hybrid is my wife’s). I would be interested in either the Kia Niro EV or Hyundai Kona EV. Surprise, surprise - neither will be offered in North Carolina (I emailed both Kia and Hyundai to confirm).
I bought my B-class (both times) from a dealership in Maryland, who shipped it to my front door here in NC for free. Getting my car serviced and supported has been a nightmare. The car itself has been a dream except for the short range. For the first couple of years it was a fun game to see how I could make charging work for short trips. Now, driving anywhere outside of my metro area, in the mountains of NC, especially in winter, has been majorly limited by range. The bigger complaint is the utter refusal of any MB dealer within a couple hundred miles to even look at my car. I will never again buy a car that I can’t get serviced in my state.
So for the time being, when my lease runs out later this year, my only options look to be the BMW i3, the Nissan LEAF, the Chevy Bolt, and Tesla - the only EVs that are sold (and supported!) universally.
- The BMW is fun to drive, but suffers from the same range limitations as the B-class, and more importantly the back seat is not practical for my kids’ car seats
- The Bolt is a good option, but having driven one a bit, the seat is just torture and not worth it. Also the rest of the car feels cheap and like anything could break at any time.
- Tesla Model 3 is a decent choice, but still out of my price range (unless I could get a killer lease deal some day, like I did with my B)
- That pretty much leaves me with a LEAF. I’m not that excited about the car but it does check all the boxes for now, until more options become available in my state or my finances improve enough to get a Tesla.
I love where I live. The city is beautiful, the mountain views are amazing, the people are great. But man it does suck living in a red state sometimes, especially when it comes to my choices in EVs.
2016 Mercedes B250e
2014 Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive (totaled)
2012 Lexus RX450h Hybrid
2005 Honda Civic Hybrid (sold)