Mercedes-Benz has entered the field of full electric vehicles with the Stockholm launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQC. Representing the first model from the previously announced electric mobility nameplate EQ, the EQC is a crossover SUV built on a skateboard electric platform that includes two drives (one on each axle) with the forward motor tuned for low and mid-range efficiency and the rear motor tuned for speed.

Mercedes-Benz EQC
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC – the first Mercedes-Benz under the product and technology brand EQ. With its seamless, clear design, the EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look with trailblazing design details and colour highlights typical of the brand both inside and out.;combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures*

The crossover has a power output of 300 kW (equivalent of 402hp) with a maximum torque of 765 Nm. The Lithium-ion battery pack stores 80 kWh of energy giving a range of more than 450 kilometres (claimed).

Mercedes-Benz EQC
The EQC has a compact electric powerpack at each axle, giving the vehicle the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive. Over a wide operating range, the intelligent control allows dynamic torque distribution between the two driven axles, creating the conditions for high vehicle dynamics. The centrepiece of the Mercedes-Benz EQC is the lithium-ion battery from in-house production housed in the vehicle floor.;combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures*

Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars said, “With the EQC – the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz – we are flipping the switch. Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future. We are therefore investing more than ten billion euros in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than one billion euros in global battery production.”

The EQC also features the new MBUX user experience alongwith voice command under the brand’s Linguatronic cachet. The dashboard is typically offset with the large driver focussed panels serving to deliver typical information alongwith the EQ tile where the electric functions are collected.

Mercedes-Benz EQC
The new Mercedes-Benz EQC – the first Mercedes-Benz under the product and technology brand EQ. With its seamless, clear design, the EQC is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look with trailblazing design details and colour highlights typical of the brand both inside and out. / The EQC features the innovative multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – which has numerous EQ-specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow. EQ-optimised navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.;combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, provisional figures*

There is also a certain degree of machine learning involved, with the system able to figure out commonly used routes and driver patterns, including numbers commonly called.

This intelligence is also evident in the vehicle’s ability to recognise a tailback, slow down in anticipation, crawl along and rejoin moving traffic, within set parameters.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC will be produced at the company’s Bremen factory along with the C-class, GLC and GLC Coupé. This approach envisages the production of electric vehicles alongside their regular counterparts, using a flexible production approach that Mercedes-Benz calls Industry 4.0.

Customers will be able to use the charging facilities of various existing charging networks in Europe, with the company integrating the billing process. In addition to that the company will also offer buyers a home charging station with the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Wallbox, with versions ranging from a basic home charger to one that is linked online as well as a unit that can charge two vehicles at once.

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