Mercedes-Benz unveils EQC electric SUV

08 September, 2018, 16:23 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC prototype testing in Black Forest

Mercedes aims to have more than ten electrified cars by 2022, a target reiterated on Tuesday by Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche, who hopes the EQC and its other electric cars will account for 15-25 percent of its sales by 2025. The front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency, while the rear one determines dynamism, according to the company. Price has not been announced but it is expected to be close to Tesla Model X 75D and Jaguar I-Pace's price.

Powering the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC is powered by two asynchronous motors - one for the front axle and one for the rear axle. The rollout of the EQC this week, therefore, represented an early production look at the first mass-market electric Mercedes, in a segment that will soon see plenty of competition from up and down the autobahn.

BMW, for its part, has leased a Lufthansa cargo plane to transport its Vision iNext electric vehicle - which is still at the concept auto stage - from Munich to Beijing, via NY and San Francisco. With the fastest charging systems, the EQC can go from 10% battery to 80% battery in roughly 40 minutes. "So, profitable growth must be part of the picture for electric mobility", he said.

Still, here's what we were able gather: The first-ever model will have a release date of September 4, which is today, in Stockholm. It is also perhaps most fitting that the EQC is an SUV - after all, the SUV and crossover market has proven to be accepting to newer designs and change, and would be accepting of an electric SUV. It looked uncompetitive at 200 miles of range.

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The firm is investing more than €10bn (£9bn) in the expansion of its electric range, and more than €1bn in battery production.

"It's huge news for Mercedes-Benz, and a real signal in this space that we are about to have a lot of options when it comes to the electric category, luxury, and the sweet space with crossover vehicles", Warren said Wednesday in an interview on Cheddar. It is said to compete with Tesla's cars in the market. The EQC 400 is the clear leader among premium crossovers, turning each kilowatt-hour into an estimated 3.5 miles of travel, while the competing Audi e-Tron manages just 2.77 miles, and the Jaguar I-Pace only 2.67.

Audi has yet to reveal its e-tron electric SUV in full but it has started production of the mid-size zero-emission vehicle at its factory in Belgium.

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