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

Mercedes-Benz EQV
Price: £70,900
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: MPV
Battery size: 90 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 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 luxury Mercedes EQV is a good option for large families seeking to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric driving, without compromising on luxury or space. 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!

Though the EQV has a 90 kWh EV battery, its EV range is limited to 213 miles (WLTP). This is not surprising, given the weight of the electric vehicle: nearly 3 tonnes. However, expect the real world EV range to be even lower, based on the payload, driving conditions, driving style, weather and services used. Though the BEV can be full charged in under 45 minutes using rapid charging, DC charging is limited to 110 kW. Given the price tag of the EV, a higher performance DC capability should have been incorporated. Of course, on longer family trips, a 45 minutes break would be most welcome: enough time to recharge the MPV and refuel the passengers!

The performance of the EQV passenger electric van will not set the heart racing. The pure electric EQV has a top speed of 99 mph and can achieve 0-62 mph in 12.2 seconds. However, for a family van, speed and acceleration are not the main criteria for purchase.

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.

The EQV electric MPV does not qualify for the UK government PiCG grant. Prices start from £70,900.

PROS CONS
Good looking exterior stylingLimited EV range (213 miles). Depending on the number of passenger/ payload/ services uses, real world range could be much lower
Excellent boot space even with 7 seats (1,410 L)DC charging only limited to 110 kW
A practical zero-tailpipe emission electric MPV. Ample space for all seven passengersTop speed limited to 99 mph

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 £70,900)
EQV Sport Premium(from £73,165)
EQV Sport Premium Plus(from £77,470)

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% SOC: 45 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1,901
Width (mm):2,249
Length (mm):5,370
Wheelbase (mm):3,200
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 300 Sport
EV Battery Capacity:90 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):213 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):28.8 
Charging:110 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80% SOC: 45 mins). On-board charger 11 kW AC (10%-100% SOC: 8.25 h)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:12.2 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (ps):204
Torque (Nm):362 
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:7
Doors:4
Kerb Weight (kg):2,929
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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