Update: On July 15th, Mercedes announced the official launch of the B-Class Electric Drive in the US. By July 17th, members of the B-Class Electric Forum have received their vehicles.
Mercedes says the B-Class Electric Drive will launch in select states – California, Oregon, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Connecticut. In early 2015, the Electric Drive will be available nationwide.
The B-Class Electric Drive was originally planned for the start of 2014, but has since been delayed and is set to debut in the US in the second quarter of 2014.
Germany Electric Drive Availability
Since the B-Class Electric Drive is manufactured in Germany, it will be the first European country to receive the vehicle. Mercedes-Benz Europe is already accepting orders, and delivery is expected by the end of 2014.
United Kingdom B-Class ED Availability
In May 2013, Mercedes-Benz confirmed the B-Class Electric Drive will launch in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.
Update: Sales are scheduled to start November 3, 2014, with the first deliveries expected before the end of 2014. All European deliveries will be the refreshed 2015 model year, with the range package as a standard option.
Following a different strategy than some automakers, Mercedes-Benz sees value in targeting the largest electric vehicle market in the world first (the US) and then rolling the vehicle out to other countries later. Europe is set to get the B-Class electric before the end of 2014.
In Norway, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive will arrive in late November 2014.