The Mercedes-Benz B250e Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: The Complete Guide For India

Mercedes-Benz B250e Plug-In Hybrid
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 15.6 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 41 - 42 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 24 g


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The Mercedes-Benz B250e Hatchback PHEV


Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles, to include the plug-in Mercedes eSprinter commercial EV and the plug-in Mercedes eVito electric van.

Mercedes-Benz EQ is the sub-brand used by the company for its portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The pure electric cars are branded as EQ, while the PHEVs are branded as EQ Power. The mild hybrid vehicles are branded as EQ Boost. The PHEV portfolio includes:

The Mercedes-Benz B Class premium hatchback is currently in its third generation. It was first introduced in 2005. The third generation model was launched in 2018 at the Paris Motor Show. The B Class also includes the B250e plug-in variant.

Like the Mercedes A-Class plug-in hybrid, the B-Class plug-in hybrid is also well suited for private and business drivers, who seek luxury, lower tailpipe emissions and a higher level of fuel efficiency, in a smaller sized electric vehicle (EV). In common with both models is the size of the EV battery. The B250e PHEV also has a 15.6 kWh EV battery, with a zero-tailpipe emission electric range up to 42 miles (WLTP).

The vehicle size and EV range is well suited for driving in cities and towns, but also just as appropriate for motorway driving. Driving the EV on electric mode will help save money and also reduce air pollution. Driving a PHEV on electric mode, can be as low as 3 pence per mile. The more a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is driven on the EV mode, the higher the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, and higher the financial savings.

The PHEV has a 7.4 kW AC onboard charger, as is the case with most PHEVs. Put another way, the EV is capable of single phase AC charging. The best way to charge an EV at home is to use a dedicated home EV charger, like Easee. We at e-zoomed discourage the use of 3-PIN domestic sockets for charging an electric car. 

The Mercedes B-Class plug-in hybrid is practical, easy to drive and park. Perfect for congested town and city centres. The interior of the EV is luxurious and high quality, as one can expect from Mercedes. There is also ample headroom and legroom for rear seat passengers. Though the boot space has been reduce due to the onboard EV battery, it still offers decent cargo space (405 L).

Moreover, the EV is technology-filled, to include: Mercedes MBUX infotainment system, wireless charging, driving assistance package, 10.25-inch touchscreen media display, active brake assist – forward collision warning system with autonomous braking intervention, Mercedes me remote services, KEYLESS-GO starting function and a lot more.

In terms of driving performance, the front-wheel drive PHEV will neither disappoint, nor exhilarate! The Mercedes plug-in hybrid combines a 1,332 cc (4-cylinder) petrol engine with a 75 kW electric motor, resulting in lower tailpipe emissions (24g CO2/km).

Given the electric motor, the EV also delivers instant torque (0-62 mph: 6.8 seconds). In electric mode, the top speed of the EV is 87 mph, which is more than sufficient for town and city driving, given the speed restrictions and traffic congestion. For highway driving, the internal combustion engine (ICE) can be propelled to a top speed of 146 mph. The manufacturers claimed fuel economy is 256.9 mpg.

The plug-in electric car is suitable for both private and company car drivers.


PROS CONS
Easy to driveCheaper PHEV hatchback alternatives
Good EV range (42 miles)Exterior style a little outdated
Cheap to run on electric modeOptions do not come cheap

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The Mercedes-Benz B250e Hatchback PHEV (credit: Mercedes)


Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. As an example, in India, filling a full tank of fuel for the internal combustion engine (ICE) Tata Nexon SUV will cost up to Rs 5,000 (assuming an average cost per litre of Rs 100. The Tata Nexon has a fuel tank capacity of 44 L).

In comparison, the Tata Nexon Pure Electric SUV will cost less than Rs 300 for a full EV battery charge (EV Battery size: 30.2 kWh). In India, the average cost for residential electricity is between Rs 5 to Rs 10 per kWh(unit). Therefore the cost to drive per km (or mile) in a pure electric vehicle is substantially lower than a petrol or diesel vehicle.

At an average one can expect a cost per km of Rs 1 for a zero-emission EV, while for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, the cost per km could be up to Rs 7 per km. The annual cost savings achieved by switching to electric driving is significant!


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:Hatchback
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In India:No

Variants (3 Options)
B250e AMG Line Executive Edition
B250e AMG Line Premium Edition
B250e AMG Line Premium Plus Edition

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 15.6 kWh (10.6 kWh Usable Battery)
Charging:On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:24g (CO2/km)
Warranty:6 years or 62,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1574
Width (mm):2020
Length (mm):4419
Wheelbase (mm):2729
Turning Circle (m):11
Boot capacity (L):405

Mercedes-Benz B250e
EV Battery Capacity:15.6 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):41 – 42 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):15.4
Fuel Consumption (MPG):256.9
Charging:On-board charger 7.4 kW AC
Top Speed:146 mph (electric: 87 mph)
0-62 mph:6.8 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):75 kW
Max Power (hp):218 (system output)
Torque (Nm):450 (system output)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,725
Colours:6

History Of Electric Cars: Quick Facts


  • An electric vehicle (EV), also referred to as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) is not a new invention or even an invention of modern times. Indeed, EVs were first developed more than a 100 years ago in the 19th century. Put another way, Mahatma Gandhi was yet to be born, when inventors from various countries, to include European countries and the United States were already investing electric motors and batteries.  
  • The first practical electric cars were built in the second half of the nineteenth century, with the first US electric car introduced in 1890. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had just turned 21! 
  • Electric vehicles came into prominence in the early 1900’s, a time when horse-drawn carriages were the primary mode of transportation. Archived black and white photographs from that period show famous avenues like Madison Avenue in New York city filled with horse-drawn carriages. In stark contrast, a similar photograph taken a decade later of Madison Avenue showed not a single horse-drawn carriage. Instead the avenue  was filled with motor vehicles, a new invention. It was the beginning of man’s love affair with cars that has lasted more than a century and still going strong. 
  • However, the uptake of electric vehicles in the early 20th century was short-lived, as gasoline powered vehicles propelled by internal combustion engines (ICE) become the preferred mode of transportation.  
  • Bottom-line, manufactures chose internal combustion engines over electric cars in the early 1900s for various reasons, to include, the costs and production volumes.  
  • It is not definitive as to where EVs were invented or to credit a single inventor. However, one known electric motor (small-scale) was created in 1828 by Anyos Jedlik, a Hungarian inventor, engineer, physicist and Benedictine priest. Hungarians and Slovaks still consider him to be the unsung hero of the electric motor.  
  • Shortly after, between 1832 and 1839, a Scottish inventor Robert Anderson created a large electric motor to drive a carriage, powered by non-rechargeable primary power cells. Through the 19th century a number of inventors were inspired to develop electric motors to include, Thomas Davenport, an American from Vermont credited with building the first DC electric motor in America (1834). Unlike many of his contemporaries and other trying to build electric motors, Davenport did not have a background in either engineering or physics.  In fact, he was a blacksmith. 
  • Move forward a few decades and at the end of the 19th century, William Morrison created what is believed to be the first practical electric vehicle. Morrison, another American from Des Moines, Iowa, was a chemist who became interested in electricity. He build the first electric vehicle in 1887 in a carriage built by the Des Moines Buggy Co.  His first attempt was not a great success. In 1890, he attempted again, with more success. 12 EVs were built using a carriage built by the Shaver Carriage Company.
  • The batteries were designed and developed by William Morrison. The vehicle had 24 batteries with an output of 112 amperes at 58 volts that took 10 hours to recharge. Available horsepower just under 4 horsepower. The vehicle could accommodate 6 individuals and had a top speed of 14 mph (22.50 km/h).
  • Morrison’s success led to others also developing large-scale practical electric cars.  At the turn of the century cities like New York had 60 electric taxis. The first decade witnessed strong popularity for electric vehicles. However the popularity was short-lived as internal combustion engine (ICE) gasoline powered vehicles replaced the early electric vehicles. Henry Ford’s success with the then ubiquitous Ford Model T was the ‘beginning of the end’ for electric vehicles. The Model T was cheaper than the prevailing electric cars (US$ 650 Vs US$ 1,750) and could be manufactured at scale. As they say — the rest is history.  



Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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