After two weeks of teasing, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its EQC electric SUV today in Stockholm. The vehicle is the first electric vehicle to be built from the ground up and the first part of its new EQ electric brand.
It’s ‘the Mercedes of electric vehicles,’ said CEO Dieter Zetsche.
Zetsche said that Daimler, and Mercedes-Benz in particular in this case, are all-in with the launch of the EQC.
We’ve had a pretty good look at the electric SUV through Mercedes’ multiple teasers, but we’re getting a full look at the vehicle.
They have definitely toned down the concept of the concept vehicle and delivered a more traditional Mercedes-Benz SUV look, which should make most people glad.
The form factor is much less aggressive and more reminiscent of the brand’s existing full-size SUVs.
Unless pointed out, you would not know at first glance that it is a new EQ electric model. The front-end features a very large fake grille with an oversized Mercedes-Benz logo.
The 650 kW battery pack with a capacity of 80 kWh.
Mercedes-Benz describes the pack:
“The EQC is equipped with the latest generation of lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery serving as the source of energy for both electric motors.” The battery consists of 384 cells and is located in the vehicle floor, between the two axles The high-voltage battery has a maximum voltage of 408V and a nominal capacity of 210Ah, for an energy content of 80kWh (according to NEDC). “
Mercedes-Benz is talking about a 450km (280 miles) journey, but the company is still using the NEDC standard and therefore we expect it to be 30 to 50 miles lower.
The battery pack will be powered by 2 asynchronous motors with a total capacity of 300 kW (408 hp). It can achieve a top speed of 180 km/h (111 mph) and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds.
According to the spec sheet, the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger with a capacity of 7.4 kW and has a maximum capacity of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station. “
The onboard infotainment and navigation system has also been redesigned for the EQ models to take into account the electric aspect.
The navigation will plan routes based on charging stations and state-of-charge of the battery pack.
Daimler has partnered with several other automakers to deploy the Ionity charging network in Europe.
A few stations are already deployed and they are currently ramping up. They expect that the network is already going to be significant by the time the vehicle is available next year.
Mercedes-Benz says the electric EQ models will be integrated into the existing production lines with the gas-powered cars.They say they have 6 plants that can already support electric models and the EQC wants first start production in Bremen, Germany, where the German automaker produces its C-Class and GLC vehicles.
There’s no word on when production will start in Bremen exactly other than “in 2019”. The German automaker also confirmed that production in China should follow in 2019. Mercedes-Benz also didn’t confirm any pricing information about its new electric SUV.
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