This week in Stockholm the ultimate version of the first all-electric car from Mercedes-Benz has finally been revealed. The first in a long line of electric vehicles the automotive juggernaut will roll out over the coming years as part of its new EQ sub-brand.
The EQC will run to 60 mph in under five seconds, go 200 miles between charges, for Mercedes going electric was a necessary move, as governments around the world insist on a move away from internal combustion engines, especially diesels.The EQC earns its star badge cause of the 400 horsepower, all-wheel drive (thus its proper name: the EQC 400 4MATIC), and a full slate of high-tech goodies. Two asynchronous motors at the front and rear axles draw power from an 80-kWh lithium-ion battery (manufactured in-house). That’s enough for an estimated range of up to 200 miles, with a DC fast-charging time of just 40 minutes to 80 percent capacity. With 564 pound-feet of torque and a single-speed transmission, the little SUV will reach 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, on the way to a (capped) top speed of 112 mph, just enough for some fun on the road.
The EQC comes among a flurry of electrifying announcements from the auto industry. Later this month, Audi will debut its own electric SUV, the e-Tron. BMW just began taking orders for its upcoming iX3 electric SUV. Tesla is showing the production version of its gobsmacking, revived Roadster at the Grand Basel motor show in Switzerland this week. Jaguar is gearing up to start US deliveries of its much-lauded electric i-Pace later this year.