Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 joins the all-electric vehicle bandwagon

Mercedes-Benz EQC prototype testing in Black Forest Mercedes-Benz EQC prototype testing in Black Forest
Scott Davis | 08 September, 2018, 16:24

Mercedes-Benz is the latest luxury automaker to debut its first all-electric vehicle in a bid both to recapture market share taken by Tesla and to be positioned for the new mobility era of automobiles.

The vehicle will mark the debut of the automaker's electric "EQ" marque and will be available in the USA in 2020.

The launch of the EQC crossover is an attempt by Mercedes-Benz to move more established automakers to challenge the dominance of American electric auto maker Tesla, according to Reuters. Up to this point, there have been very few true luxury offerings in the electric vehicle segment, and Tesla's products (despite the big screens and interesting equipment) aren't quite on par - and the EQC is a model that's looking to change that.

Tesla Model X is the only three-row all-electric SUV in three different battery configurations.

The Mercedes EQC crossover, which starts production in the first half of next year, is part of a plan to develop a range for its EQ electric line, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told reporters in Stockholm before the car's world premiere. The EQC is a five-seater SUV and it is based on a copiously reworked version of the GLC's platform.




Classic style: The EQC blends austere Mercedes style with futuristic looks.

We incorrectly refer to the production date of this vehicle as being for a 2019 model year auto.

Despite the 80kWh battery pack contributing 650kg on its own to the vehicle's 2,425kg weight, it's said to be good for a driving range on a single charge of up to 280 miles or 450km. When asked how to watch the lifestream of the EQC EV's unveling live, Mercedes replied that "there will be a live stream tomorrow on this page". It has amassed more than 2,000 refundable deposits of 20,000 crowns ($2,400) in Europe's biggest electric-car market, where Tesla sold 8,500 vehicles past year.

Mercedes-Benz has gone a step further with crash safety to ensure that there's a full battery cut-off on impact and has designed a crash cell around the battery itself to reduce the risk of a puncture. Mercedes plans to assemble the EQC at its factory in Bremen, where it also makes its best-selling C-Class sedan. At the launch, it will compete directly with the Tesla Model X apart from the Taycan, I-Pace and e-tron. On Monday, Audi began mass production of its e-tron, the brand's first totally electric sports utility vehicle (SUV).

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