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.
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).
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.
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.