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B class Merc (electric). Cheap lease. £143.99/month £1295.89 deposit @ drayton vehicle solutions
B class Merc (electric). Cheap lease. £143.99/month   £1295.89 deposit @ drayton vehicle solutions

B class Merc (electric). Cheap lease. £143.99/month £1295.89 deposit @ drayton vehicle solutions

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£1295.89 deposit, 10k pa. 2 year lease.

Seems cheap compared to some deals I see but it is a bit niche.

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This car gets good reviews and comes in at £198 a month all in for 2 years @ 10k miles. The issue for some will be the lengthy time taken to recharge it.

Anyone dealt with this lease company before? their website seems very poor with nowhere near as much detail as you'd expect. makes me a bit nervous about dealing with them?

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muffboy

This car gets good reviews and comes in at £198 a month all in for 2 … This car gets good reviews and comes in at £198 a month all in for 2 years @ 10k miles. The issue for some will be the lengthy time taken to recharge it.


Yeah, I do 75 miles a day so really need 15k mileage. Recharge overnight would be fine, just don't forget!

Is this EV only or a hybrid?

DevK

Anyone dealt with this lease company before? their website seems very … Anyone dealt with this lease company before? their website seems very poor with nowhere near as much detail as you'd expect. makes me a bit nervous about dealing with them?



​I think you might just be on their mobile site. if you scroll to the bottom and click the 'non mobile site' link then you should be presented with the full website which has far more details.

According to auto trader it has a 124 mile range. So as long as your commute is less than 62 miles in one direction you are fine. If you are putting around £200 of fuel in your car a month than this is a good deal. You are effectively getting a new car for free.

Only 2 left.

ro8in

According to auto trader it has a 124 mile range. So as long as your … According to auto trader it has a 124 mile range. So as long as your commute is less than 62 miles in one direction you are fine. If you are putting around £200 of fuel in your car a month than this is a good deal. You are effectively getting a new car for free.



​I went from spending £150 a month fuel on a old volvo (plus bills tax mot) to a brand new Nissan leaf for £210 pm inc deposit. Electric is approx £20 per month.
Totally ignore the "range" I've never got to 100 miles on the supposed 120 miles range on the leaf. Doing over 100 on one charge is considered excellent!

I contacted Drayton last week about this deal, they told me there was only one vehicle available and that it was gone.
Mercedes and BYD have just launched a B class based electric car in China, Denza 400, with double the battery size and range. As mentioned above you can not rapid charge the B250e. A full charge at home will take 10 hours and at least 3 hours if you find a three phase charger while out and about. In the past couple of weeks I've test driven this and a BMW i3 with range extender. My conclusion is that with the Mercedes I would need access to a second car, whilst this is not the case with the i3 range extender. I believe there may be some i3 deals coming out in the next few weeks.

Reading reviews the all weather safe range is 80 miles. If getting this car make sure it has the optional button that allows you to use more of the battery's 36 kW capacity, giving an extra 10 to 15 mils range.

hartswood

I contacted Drayton last week about this deal, they told me there was … I contacted Drayton last week about this deal, they told me there was only one vehicle available and that it was gone.Mercedes and BYD have just launched a B class based electric car in China, Denza 400, with double the battery size and range. As mentioned above you can not rapid charge the B250e. A full charge at home will take 10 hours and at least 3 hours if you find a three phase charger while out and about. In the past couple of weeks I've test driven this and a BMW i3 with range extender. My conclusion is that with the Mercedes I would need access to a second car, whilst this is not the case with the i3 range extender. I believe there may be some i3 deals coming out in the next few weeks.



Hi hartswood- is it a calculated guess that there will be i3 deals over the next few weeks or have you heard something?looking to get an i3 so any steer would be appreciated
Thanks

I believe the leasing companies are currently talking to BMW's car finance arm.

ro8in

If you are putting around £200 of fuel in your car a month than this is … If you are putting around £200 of fuel in your car a month than this is a good deal. You are effectively getting a new car for free.



If you're putting £200 of fuel a month in then the 10k miles per annum allowance won't be enough.

ro8in

According to auto trader it has a 124 mile range. So as long as your … According to auto trader it has a 124 mile range. So as long as your commute is less than 62 miles in one direction you are fine. If you are putting around £200 of fuel in your car a month than this is a good deal. You are effectively getting a new car for free.



I own a rechargeable (not fully electric car) and cold weather and hill can significantly reduce range (10-15% reduction in winter).

Take care on anyone telling you a range of a car. It depends on YOUR journeys!

mummyto2boys

If you're putting £200 of fuel a month in then the 10k miles per annum … If you're putting £200 of fuel a month in then the 10k miles per annum allowance won't be enough.



Some losers cars do only 200-250 miles per £50 fill up so 10,000 could be enough

mummyto2boys

If you're putting £200 of fuel a month in then the 10k miles per annum … If you're putting £200 of fuel a month in then the 10k miles per annum allowance won't be enough.



Then just get the mileage knocked back like every other person in the world does.

mummyto2boys

If you're putting £200 of fuel a month in then the 10k miles per annum … If you're putting £200 of fuel a month in then the 10k miles per annum allowance won't be enough.



Quick calculation you would have to be doing less than 19mpg (net) (Golf R owners manage 30mpg). So this B class is not likely to be the car you are after.

Rough calculation.

£200=40 gallons (@£5 gallon), electric use £20=4 gallons (equivalent). 44 Gallons total.

10k/12 = 833 miles per month.

833/44= 19mpg


Edited by: "GAVINLEWISHUKD" 11th Sep 2016

sh041b95

Then just get the mileage knocked back like every other person in the … Then just get the mileage knocked back like every other person in the world does.



'Every other person in the world' might be stretching it a bit...

ro8in

According to auto trader it has a 124 mile range. So as long as your … According to auto trader it has a 124 mile range. So as long as your commute is less than 62 miles in one direction you are fine. If you are putting around £200 of fuel in your car a month than this is a good deal. You are effectively getting a new car for free.



If you can get free electricity...

In the winter with lights and heating on, you will be lucky to see 2/3 of the claimed range - that can be said for any current electric vehicle.

80 mile range on these is about average , 90 if you are lucky ........ NEVER rely on it doing more than 80 , you will get caught short I promise you !!

Oh , and , even for those savvy savers amongst us who maybe factors in a free quick charge at an ecotricity station whilst out and about ..... NEVER rely on these to be working , they are hit and miss and faulty charging units that are reported are often still dead weeks later.
The idea sounds great but it lacks the service you need to keep these operational , you always get the feeling that there has been a massive expenditure in setting all these stations up as they are everywhere but with no money/funding left over to keep them operational.
If it suits to keep charging at home and you can manage with the range available , great. If you need to charge whilst out and about then you will be making a very poor decision in getting an ev.

rooney10

80 mile range on these is about average , 90 if you are lucky ........ … 80 mile range on these is about average , 90 if you are lucky ........ NEVER rely on it doing more than 80 , you will get caught short I promise you !!Oh , and , even for those savvy savers amongst us who maybe factors in a free quick charge at an ecotricity station whilst out and about ..... NEVER rely on these to be working , they are hit and miss and faulty charging units that are reported are often still dead weeks later.The idea sounds great but it lacks the service you need to keep these operational , you always get the feeling that there has been a massive expenditure in setting all these stations up as they are everywhere but with no money/funding left over to keep them operational.If it suits to keep charging at home and you can manage with the range available , great. If you need to charge whilst out and about then you will be making a very poor decision in getting an ev.


Ecotricity charging isn't free anymore, is it?

Ecotricity charge £6 per 30 minutes. With the charger on the Mercedes you would be lucky to get 6 kw in 30 minutes, £1 per kw, 16 miles range. I would only have an electric car as a main car if it had a 60 kw battery or a range extender like the i3.

I'm all up for eV cars but they are just not there yet in terms of range to cost ratio.

Im going to wait little longer. We need company to bring out an eV that will be a game changer
Edited by: "bigup" 11th Sep 2016

I have an EV, I've had it for 20 months. In that time I've covered 20k miles in it and have perhaps spent £200 on electricity, the rest of the charging has been free. The same distance would have cost me £4000 in petrol (@27mpg) alone never mind servicing, depreciation etc. But, it's not just the economy, it's the fact that the weight is all down low so they handle well, they're very responsive, super smooth,silent and don't pump out horrible smelling fumes. All considered EVs are way better cars that the petrol or even worse diesel ones we're used to.

fugly as sin

willyvwade

Ecotricity charging isn't free anymore, is it?



If you are a ecotricity domestic customer you get 52 free charges a year which they claim covers 95% of their users. Normally it's £6 for 30min which unless charging a Tesla (where there is no supercharger) makes it more expensive than charging at home.

Jazzerd

I have an EV, I've had it for 20 months. In that time I've covered 20k … I have an EV, I've had it for 20 months. In that time I've covered 20k miles in it and have perhaps spent £200 on electricity, the rest of the charging has been free. The same distance would have cost me £4000 in petrol (@27mpg) alone never mind servicing, depreciation etc. But, it's not just the economy, it's the fact that the weight is all down low so they handle well, they're very responsive, super smooth,silent and don't pump out horrible smelling fumes. All considered EVs are way better cars that the petrol or even worse diesel ones we're used to.



But yours is a rare scenario. Not many people who drive 1000 mile a month would have a car that they only average 25mpg to spend £4k on fuel. Did you drive a petrol Jag round town all day?

I would expect somebody driving a similar class car to spend around £2k-£2.5k on fuel.

Jazzerd

I have an EV, I've had it for 20 months. In that time I've covered 20k … I have an EV, I've had it for 20 months. In that time I've covered 20k miles in it and have perhaps spent £200 on electricity, the rest of the charging has been free. The same distance would have cost me £4000 in petrol (@27mpg) alone never mind servicing, depreciation etc. But, it's not just the economy, it's the fact that the weight is all down low so they handle well, they're very responsive, super smooth,silent and don't pump out horrible smelling fumes. All considered EVs are way better cars that the petrol or even worse diesel ones we're used to.



How do you get on with all the various charging points. The negatives I've read are:

1. Charging points are not free anymore.
2. You have to pay and when you pay you can find out it won't connect to your car
3. Different type of connectors which can be incompatible with the car
4. How have you managed the charging infrastructure which can have faulty charging stations?

Now that you have to pay everywhere for electricity how much do you estimate your next 20K miles will cost you?

Edited by: "fishmaster" 11th Sep 2016

GAVINLEWISHUKD

If you are a ecotricity domestic customer you get 52 free charges a year … If you are a ecotricity domestic customer you get 52 free charges a year which they claim covers 95% of their users. Normally it's £6 for 30min which unless charging a Tesla (where there is no supercharger) makes it more expensive than charging at home.



The Ecotricity tariffs for gas and electric are 33% more expensive than my current supplier!

If you want to know what chargers are available and if they are in service, then go to Zap Map (or get the app) and you will get a live map of vehicle chargers across the UK.

You can add a comment to say if you successfully charged your EV or if there were any snags and directions and mileage to all the chargers around you and en route.

Their Latest news page will keep you up to date with new cars coming up and deals/partnerships between vehicle charging companies.
Edited by: "clancolin" 11th Sep 2016

Jazzerd

I have an EV, I've had it for 20 months. In that time I've covered 20k … I have an EV, I've had it for 20 months. In that time I've covered 20k miles in it and have perhaps spent £200 on electricity, the rest of the charging has been free. The same distance would have cost me £4000 in petrol (@27mpg) alone never mind servicing, depreciation etc.



Depreciation appears to be horrific on EVs though, so maybe not so great when that is factored in perhaps?

I switched from a Subaru Legacy and reckon I was spending about £160month fuel/road tax and do 10kper year. We got a Renault Zoe which does about 80miles on a charge (claimed about 120miles) and it's perfect for 90+% of our journeys (44mile round trip commute + trips to shops at weekends etc) but although we love the car we wouldn't be without a second petrol car for longer journeys. Would definitely have another electric car though in the £200 price range (paying £160 for the Zoe + £20 electric to charge) so would be interested in this although the charge time puts me off a bit on this - 3hrs at home for 80% charge from flat in the Zoe. The range in electric cars is improving all the time and I reckon once they get around a 300mile range + fast charge option that will be enough for most. This does seem a decent price for a good car but obviously won't be for everyone.

muffboy

The Ecotricity tariffs for gas and electric are 33% more expensive than … The Ecotricity tariffs for gas and electric are 33% more expensive than my current supplier!



I never said they were great rates!
It makes more sense if you have economy 7 and charge your car at night and are at work during the day and use the 52 charges (£312) and your £40 for having an EV.

But as with most things your read on EV it makes most sense if you do a 9-5 job and work and live in London.

Best EV deal I've seen so far so hot from me.

Any deals on car purchase not leases?

ACIDFORUMS

Any deals on car purchase not leases?



You do not want to be purchasing an EV, the depreciation is horrendous due to concerns over battery/cell life.
I am currently leasing a Leaf Acenta for £125 a month over 2 years with no deposit in. Simply hand it back.
Was using the rapid chargers on motorway Ecotricity until the tools rolled out their ridiculously expensive charging structure and their 33% more expensive tariff for domestic fuel and their pathetic 1 charge per week of 30 mins!
Next stop for me is a Tesla.

GAVINLEWISHUKD

But yours is a rare scenario. Not many people who drive 1000 mile a month … But yours is a rare scenario. Not many people who drive 1000 mile a month would have a car that they only average 25mpg to spend £4k on fuel. Did you drive a petrol Jag round town all day?I would expect somebody driving a similar class car to spend around £2k-£2.5k on fuel.


Not that rare and if I can live with an EV at 12k miles/ year then I'm guessing so can a lot of people

fishmaster

How do you get on with all the various charging points. The negatives … How do you get on with all the various charging points. The negatives I've read are:1. Charging points are not free anymore. 2. You have to pay and when you pay you can find out it won't connect to your car3. Different type of connectors which can be incompatible with the car4. How have you managed the charging infrastructure which can have faulty charging stations?Now that you have to pay everywhere for electricity how much do you estimate your next 20K miles will cost you?


1. There are still a lot of free charge points.
2. As above re paying - The only chargers I've had bother with are the AC/DC rapids and this I believe was mostly down to poor earthing with a lot of these charger having now been modified to correct the issues. N.B. This Merc doesn't do rapid charging so this shouldn't have been an issue with this car.
3. There are two main standard connectors, essentially they are AC or DC. Everyone uses the AC connector, the DC one being for cars which rapid charge via DC.
4. It's been fine. When I first got the car my home charger install was delayed for a few weeks. I had the car but no charger, this was the only time I was solely reliant on the public infrastructure, I used to stop at a 22kW point and charge the car in just over an hour. Once it wouldn't connect and due to a unique set of circumstances my car had 2 miles left however after a bit of perseverance it finally connected. I now have a home charger but I rarely use it as I'm now lucky enough to charge at work.

ezzer72

Depreciation appears to be horrific on EVs though, so maybe not so great … Depreciation appears to be horrific on EVs though, so maybe not so great when that is factored in perhaps?


It's not a problem for me personally as mine is a lease £160 deposit and £160/month (this is considerably less than my petrol was costing me) and it's warrantied and has a 4 year service included plan - not that a service costs much...

muffboy

You do not want to be purchasing an EV, the depreciation is horrendous … You do not want to be purchasing an EV, the depreciation is horrendous due to concerns over battery/cell life.I am currently leasing a Leaf Acenta for £125 a month over 2 years with no deposit in. Simply hand it back.Was using the rapid chargers on motorway Ecotricity until the tools rolled out their ridiculously expensive charging structure and their 33% more expensive tariff for domestic fuel and their pathetic 1 charge per week of 30 mins!Next stop for me is a Tesla.


Where did you get that deal?
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