The Competition For The All-Electric SUV Segment Is Set To Remain Fierce, As Mainstream Premium Automotive Manufacturers Fight For Dominance Of The EV SUV Segment!
For anyone with doubts about the rapidly scaling electric vehicle market, the fierce fight between global mainstream automotive companies, for early positioning and dominance of the all-electric SUV market ,is a strong reminder that electric vehicles have come of age and growing in wider acceptance.
Though the Mercedes-Benz EQC is late in the EV race, with early market leaders like, Tesla Model X and the award winning all-electric Jaguar I-PACE, already with leadership positions, the first pure electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) from the German automotive manufacturer is well positioned to catch up!
- The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) Mercedes EQC is a little smaller that the all-electric Tesla Model X but larger than the Jaguar I-PACE. The luxury SUV is the first member of the Mercedes-Benz EQ family (Electric Intelligence by Mercedes-Benz).
- Like other mainstream automotive manufacturers, Mercedes has also announced its intentions to build a family of pure battery-electric vehicles, up to 10 models by 2022.
- The electric EQC is based on the Generation EQ concept which was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, with the production model making its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The EQC is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV model and is also a five-seater vehicle.
- The EQC 400 comes in four variants, to include: EQC Sport (prices start from £65,720), EQC AMG Line (prices start from £67,715), EQC AMG Line Premium (prices start from £72,360) and the EQC AMG Line Premium Plus (prices start from £74,310).
- The all-electric EQC SUV incorporates MBUX, the latest Mercedes-Benz user experience infotainment system, that can be controlled via voice and touch input. Mercedes also offers as an option the ‘Driving Assistance Plus’ package that includes, active blind spot assist, active braking assist, active lane keeping assist, pedestrian warning function and more. The package is priced at £1,695.
- The pure electric SUV can accelerate 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds. As a comparison, the Jaguar I-PACE can achieve 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and the Tesla Model X Performance model can achieve 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds.
- The EQC 400 4MATIC 80 kWh lithium-ion battery SUV has a WLTP range up to 259 miles. In comparison, the Jaguar I-PACE has a WLTP range up to 292 miles and the Tesla Model X Long Range model has a range up to 314 miles (WLTP).
- The EQC comes with a three-year subscription to Mercedes Me Charge, giving the driver access to a number of public charging stations.
- The Mercedes-Benz EQC is eligible for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG) of up to £3,500.
- The electric EQC is not revolutionary in design or build, but rather a ‘familiar’ transition from the Mercedes-Benz internal combustion engine GLC SUV to zero-emission electric driving.
Battery And Range
- Battery capacity: 80 kWh
- Battery type: lithium-ion high-voltage
- Range (WLTP): 232 – 259 miles
- Capable of rapid charging (110 kW) up to 80% in 40 minutes
Power & Performance
- 0-62 mph: 5.1 sec
- Top speed: 112 mph
- Brake horsepower: 408 bhp
- Torque: 760 Nm
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