Mercedes-Benz has launched their first dedicated electric car – the EQC.
The first vehicle built under the firm’s technology brand EQ, the EQC is an all-electric SUV and has a range of 280 miles.
It’s the first dedicated electric car from Mercedes, and goes up against the likes of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.
At the EQC’s reveal in Stockholm, Chief Executive of Mercedes-Benz cars, Dieter Zetsche, said: “With the EQC – the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz – we are flipping the switch.
“Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future. We are therefore investing more than ten billion euros in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than one billion euros in global battery production.”
The EQC will no doubt be one of many all-electric models from the German manufacturer, thanks to a scalable and tailored platform.
An electric motor is mounted on each axle, giving all-wheel-drive traction. According to Mercedes, these motors produce 402bhp and 765Nm combined, enabling the 2,425kg SUV to hit 60mph in 4.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 112mph.
It also claims that thanks to an on-board 7.4kW charger for AC charging along with a more conventional DC charging system, the EQC can be taken from 10 per cent to an 80 per cent charge in around 40 minutes.
The silhouette of the crossover EQC shares the same style as the current GLCs and uses Mercedes’ latest infotainment system inside.
With a release date and pricing yet to be confirmed, it’s estimated that orders for the EQC will start being taken from the first quarter of 2019.
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