The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV: All You Need To Know In Under 2 Minutes!

The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV

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!

  • 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 Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV
The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV (credit: Mercedes-Benz)
  • 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 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.  
The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV
The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV (credit: Mercedes-Benz)

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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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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