The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQV MPV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Mercedes-Benz EQV
Price: £77,990
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: MPV
Battery size: 90 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 211 - 213 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles, to include the plug-in Mercedes eSprinter commercial EV and the plug-in Mercedes eVito electric van.

Mercedes-Benz EQ is the sub-brand used by the company for its portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The pure electric cars are branded as EQ, while the PHEVs are branded as EQ Power. The mild hybrid vehicles are branded as EQ Boost. The BEV portfolio includes:



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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQV MPV


The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQV multi purpose vehicle (MPV) is part of the Mercedes-Benz EQ electric mobility family. The first EQ concept electric vehicle (EV) was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. The pure electric EQV was the second battery-electric vehicle (BEV) introduced as part of the EQ electric mobility vision. The EQV was unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Though we have seen the introduction of a number of pure electric vehicles (EVs) over the past few years, in general, the MPV segment has seen only a few introductions. Moreover, in the premium segment, the choice of e-MPV’s is still very limited.

The all-electric luxurious Mercedes EQV is a good option for large families seeking to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, without compromising on luxury or space. It is also as appealing for company-car drivers that need a large premium electric vehicle and keen to save money.

Depending on the cost of charging, driving a pure electric car will cost between 5 pence and 10 pence per mile i.e. far cheaper compared to driving a conventional petrol of diesel vehicle. Moreover, electric cars are subject to reduced taxes etc. As an example, company-car drivers can take advantage of the reduced Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars.

The EQV is available only in one EV battery size: 90 kWh. Though this is a decent EV battery size, we would encourage automotive manufacturers to incorporate a larger EV battery for 7-seater electric vehicles, as passenger load does impact the real-world electric range. In general, higher the payload, the lower the e-range. Moreover, the weight and size of the EV also impacts the range. The weight of the EQV electric vehicle is nearly 3 tonnes.

This luxurious family e-MPV has a claimed emission-free electric range up to 213 miles (WLTP) on a full battery charge. Of course, the real-world range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include, weight. Other factors, include: driving profile, weather conditions, road conditions, regenerative braking profile and more! For the EQV expect a real-world e-range closer to 180 miles. Though not class-leading, the EV still offers sufficient zero-emission electric range for most day-to-day driving needs, to include, motorway driving.

The EV can be rapid fast charged up to 110 kW DC. Not the fastest, nor the slowest. But given the price tag, we would have expected a faster DC fast charging capability. In any case, the EV can be charged from 10%-80% state-of-charge (SOC) in 45 minutes.

The manufacturer also offers a 3-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. However, as most homes in the UK are limited to single-phase power supply, taking advantage of the 11 kW charging speed will only be for those with access to 3-phase EV charging at home, workplace or a public charging station.

Using a dedicated three-phase (11 kW) EV charger, like the 22 kW easee EV charger, the EQV electric car can be fully charged in 10 hours. Single-phase 7.4 kW charging will take longer (up to 14 hours 30 minutes). We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper. Also, given the continued escalation in energy prices, we encourage the installation of solar panels at home for charging the EV!

We discourage the use of a 3-PIN domestic plug for charging an electric car. We also encourage charging on a regular basis. This way, there is always available ‘electric miles’ and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Mercedes offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty.

The performance of the front-wheel drive (FWD) EQV passenger electric van will not set the heart racing, but that is not the core purpose of owing an MPV! The pure electric EQV has a top speed of 98 mph and can achieve 0-62 mph in 12.1 seconds (max power: 204 hp/ torque: 366 Nm).

The seven-seater EQV has ample headroom and legroom for all passengers, to include a boot space of 1,410 L. To further enhance the practicality, Mercedes has incorporated side sliding doors, making entry and exit in tight car park spaces easy!

The luxurious EQV electric vehicle (EV) is packed with technology, to include: MBUX infotainment system controlled by voice and touchscreen (the MBUX uses artificial intelligence to predict personal habits overtime), pre-entry climate control and a host of driver assistance technologies. These include: lane keeping assist, traffic sign assist, blind spot assist, adaptive brake light, active brake assist and more!

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PROS CONS
A seven-seater electric vehicle Limited EV range
Practical and good boot space (1,410 L)DC charging only limited to 110 kW
11 kW 3-phase onboard charger as standard An expensive MPV

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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQV(credit: Mercedes)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:MPV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (3 Options)
EQV 300 Sport (from £77,990)
EQV Sport Premium (from £80,480)
EQV Sport Premium Plus (from £85,215)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 90 kWh
Charging:110 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100%: 10 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1,908
Width (mm):2,249
Length (mm):5,370
Wheelbase (mm):3,430
Turning Circle (m):11.8
Boot Space (L):1,410

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

EQV
EV Battery Capacity:90 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):211 – 213 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):293 – 289 
Charging: 110 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 45 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100%: 10 hrs)
Top Speed:98 mph
0-62 mph:12.1 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (hp):204
Torque (Nm): 366 
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:7
Doors:4
Kerb Weight (kg):2,635
Colours:9
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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