Mercedes-Benz unveils its first all-electric car

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the EQC – its first all-electric car.

The SUV has a compact electric drivetrain on each of its axles, with a total combined power output of 300kW (402bhp), and boasts a claimed range of 280 miles, as well as a power consumption rate of 22.2kWh per 100km.

The German manufacturer says the EQ name stands for “Electric Intelligence” because of its brand values of emotion and intelligence.

Comfort, quality and operating range are the three main factors Mercedes said it had in mind when designing the car.

It describes the EQC as having an “avant-garde electric look”, with its large black panel surface at the front and optical fibres linking to the daytime running lights.

The interior has been inspired by the world of consumer electronics, with “progressive luxury” features, such as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience infotainment system.

The all-wheel-drive vehicle, which was unveiled in Stockholm last night, has various modes with different characteristics. Recharging the battery while on the move is adjustable using the gearshift paddles, while in automatic mode it can be adapted with its Eco Assist function.

Dieter Zetsche, chief executive 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 €10bn [circa £9bn] in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than €1bn [circa £900,000] in global battery production.”

No release date or pricing details for EQC have been released yet.

Tristan Shale-Hester


September 5, 2018

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