It is the first of ten all-new electric models Mercedes-Benz says it will bring to market in the next three and a half years. To reduce power consumption, the front electric motor is optimized for efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear e-motor adds sportiness. With a full charge the EQC offers an average (NEDC) range of 450km.
The power from the battery is used by the two electric motors to spin the wheels with speeds of only 180 km/h (112 mph), because Mercedes electronically capped the top speed to that value for some reason. The EQC will also compete against BMW's upcoming electric iX3 small SUV, Porsche's all-electric Taycan, and Tesla's Model X SUV.
Mercedes will start series production of the EQC in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.
The Elon Musk-lead electric vehicle maker has always been dominating the EV market for so long already that it is now time for other players to come into the scene. Also, the battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity in just 40 minutes using a faster charger.
"With the EQC ... we are flipping the switch", Mercedes-Benz Cars boss Dieter Zetsche said in a statement. While the allelectric auto hints at the striking future design cues from Infiniti, the Prototype 10 concept's most important feature is its electric powertrain.
While there's nothing definite yet on pricing, there are media reports that it will be offered at a rate close to the Mercedes GLC class sedans with which it shares many design details, allowing it to remain in the price range of Tesla's Model 3. "We are therefore investing more than 10 billion euros in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than one billion euros in global battery production".
We incorrectly refer to the production date of this vehicle as being for a 2019 model year auto. In addition, a few weeks after the premiere EQC debut electric crossover Audi e-tron, but the latter is much superior to all of the above models. We have details and gallery of the new SUV, the first of offering in the automaker's EQ brand.
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