Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled its very first all-electric model. The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4Matic made its debut at an event hosted in Stockholm and was presented by the company boss Dieter Zetsche.
First of many
Although Mercedes has many hybrid models, this is the very first that will run purely on electric power. The sub-brand will be called EQ (for Electrical Intelligence) and this SUV is the first of many that will populate this family of zero tailpipe emissions vehicles. Learn more about the new sub-brand by clicking here.
As the first of EQ brand to debut, the EQC has many design details that we will see on futures models. Among the signature cues are a large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. Bold “EQ” lettering will be seen highlighted in LEDs, easily demarcating the electric models.
All-wheel drive EV
The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4Matic is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle. These have a combined output of 300 kW and maximum torque of 765 N.m. The front motor is optimised for efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism.
These motors are powered by a lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh. The EQC has five driving modes: Comfort, Eco, Max range, Sport and an individually adaptable program. Owners are able to charge the at home or at public charging stations via a water-cooled onboard charger with a capacity of 7,4 kW.
Using a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox charger is up to three times faster than a domestic power socket. Depending on the status of charge the EQC can be charged in around 40 minutes from 10-80 percent SoC.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 features a new multimedia system called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). The system is based around two high-definition full-colour screens. It features numerous EQ specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow. Range optimised navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.
Production of the EQC will start in 2019 in Germany and sales will begin in 2020.