Mercedes-Benz reveals its first all-electric car, the Mercedes-Benz EQC
The EQC will go into production at Mercedes’ Bremen plant in Germany in 2019, and will be powered by an 80kWh lithium-ion battery which powers two electric motors – one at the front of the car and the other at the rear – endowing the EQC with all-wheel drive grip. It’ll need said all-wheel drive grip too, as that drivetrain serves up a total of 300kW and a stonking 765Nm of torque.
Drivers will be able to choose between five different driving programs to suit their mood and or environment: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and an adaptive driving mode.
The ECO mode is particularly clever, scanning speed limit signs and road conditions to prompt the driver when to lift off the throttle and thus save on battery power.
The EQC has a maximum range in excess of 450km – around a full tank of fuel in a conventional petrol car – and it can whoosh from standstill to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds.
As standard the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) 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 your power point at home. It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC – for example via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) in Europe and the USA, CHAdeMO in Japan or GB/T in China. Depending on the SoC (status of charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station. In around 40 minutes, the battery can be charged from 10 – 80 percent SoC (provisional data).
Inside, there’s Mercedes’ new MBAUX infotainment system with natural speech recognition and a host of features that are exclusive to the EQC, and provide information on the drivetrain such optimized navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.
Pre-entry climate control helps to ensure optimum comfort before even setting off on your journey.
As you’d expect, the EQC is packed with a raft of different safety features: there’s adaptive cruise (DISTRONIC) which can now adjust speed more accurately in accordance to traffic jam movement and it can even detect an approaching emergency services vehicle and safely move itself out of the way.
Up front there are fibre optics embedded in the front panels to provide lighting across the full width of the vehicle.
More to come.