The first ever electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz – the EQC – is slated to go into full production from mid-2019, bringing electromobility suitable for day-to-day motoring.
As the first Mercedes-Benz model to be launched under the new EQ brand line-up of electric vehicles, the EQC features a full electric all-wheel drive system courtesy of dual electric motors – one located in the front axel and one in the back. According to the German car maker, the front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm.
The lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh supplies the electric motors with power. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs, each with different characteristics: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and an individually adaptable program.
With a claimed electric range of 450km, the EQC – tipping the scale at over 2.4 tonne – accomplishes the sprint from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds.
As standard the EQC is equipped with an onboard charger with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.
Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is up to three times faster than at a domestic power socket. The EQC can reach 80 percent charge from near zero in 40 minutes, ready for the next long range journey.
Series production of the EQC will start in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, with global rollout expected in 2020.