Now is the time. The long-awaited Mercedes-Benz EQC electric SUV has been shown to the public for the first time in Stockholm. We’ve been keeping you up to date on the Mercedes EQ progress report. Mercedes Benz has been teasing us by putting out a lot of promotional videos, so this was also necessary. We have been watching EQC from the beginning.
People had high hopes for the Mercedes Benz EQC because it was the first German electric car made to compete with the Tesla Model X. Also, it gives us a look into Mercedes-future, Benz’s especially the EQ line of electric cars. Mercedes Benz EQC will be made at a plant in Germany called Bremen.
Look and Design
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is very pretty. I’m not going to lie, it looks better than I thought it would. The size is about the same as the Mercedes GLC. It doesn’t look like a small SUV or a crossover, but like a real SUV. At the front and back, the company has used a lot of LED lights.
Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG, said, “The EQC embodies the Progressive Luxury design style of our new EQ product and technology brand.” This gives people a taste of what tomorrow’s “next big thing” will be like. With its smooth, clear design, the EQC is the first electric car to have an avant-garde look. It has innovative design details and colour accents that are typical of the brand, both inside and out.
We haven’t seen the inside of the car yet, but from what we’ve seen, it looks very futuristic. Ambient lighting, a big touchscreen like the one in the S-Class, and the centre console are all signs of Mercedes design.
Most of the controls are built into the touchscreen, so the inside doesn’t look cluttered. This means that there are less knobs, switches, and buttons.
All over the car, Mercedes has put an emphasis on being environmentally friendly. For example, customers can get their EQC with optional seat covers made from recycled PET bottles.
Also, more than 100 parts of the EQC are made from materials that can be reused or grown again. Hemp, Kenaf, paper, wool, and natural rubber are some of the things that are used.
Mercedes-Benz EQC has two electric motors, one on each axle. Together, they have a power output of 300 KW. For a better idea of how much power it has, it has about 408 PS of power and 765 Nm of torque. This is enough to get it to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds. It can’t go faster than 180 Kph.
Electric motors can turn at speeds of up to 13,000 rpm, and they needed R&D on noise insulation. The power packs are mounted to the subframe with rubber mounts, and there is extra insulation between the power packs and the subframe. This means that the EQC is a very quiet place to be inside. In fact, the cabin noise level was compared to that of the S-Class.
The Mercedes EQC’s battery pack has 80 Kwh of usable power, which is enough to drive 450 km. For the best performance at low temperatures, lithium-ion batteries have a heating system. Like other Mercedes, the EQC has different ways to drive: Comfort, Eco, Max Range, Sport, and a mode that can be changed to suit your needs.
As you might have guessed, the Mercedes EQC is a real SUV with all-wheel drive. The front motor is tuned for low to medium load. On the other hand, the rear motor makes the car more fun to drive. So, don’t expect this electric SUV to have things like off-road modes or a differential lock.
The German company has decided to go all out on its plan to make electric cars. In 2019, the Mercedes EQ C will go on sale, and the company will keep adding more electric cars. Mercedes-Benz plans to sell at least 10 electric cars from its EQ range by 2022. Cars like the EQE, EQS, and EQA come after the EQC.
Mercedes-Benz is also getting its cars with gas engines ready for a smooth switch to electric drivetrains by switching all of them to a 48-volt electrical system (12-volt system has been the norm). Mercedes will find it easier to add electric drivetrains to all of its models in the future.
The newest E-Class and S-Class already have this 48-Volt electrical system. Mercedes also plans to invest around 10 billion Euro in the development of the CASE (connected, autonomous, shared, and electric) platform for electric cars.
Mercedes wants to have a good selection of electric cars and aims to have 15 to 25% of the market for electric cars by 2025. This is hard to do because all of the big car companies are racing to make a good line of electric cars.
Mercedes EQC Charging System
The ECQ comes with a 7.4 kW onboard charger that is cooled with water. This makes it easy to charge at home or at charging stations in public places.
With the EQC, Mercedes has also added a powerwallfast charging system. The powerwall can charge the EQC three times faster than a regular charger.
A DC plug can also be used to charge the EQC.
At a proper charging station, the EQC can be charged with up to 110 kW of power. The battery can be charged from 10% to 80% full in about 40 minutes.