The reveal of the Mercedes EQC yesterday seems to have been the motivation behind Audi's announcement their e-tron electric SUV had started production, and BMW managed to put their electric iX3 on sale (in Norway - two years before it will arrive). It's bad. It's really bad.
The interior of the EQC takes design cues from consumer electronics. Mercedes also declared that Beijing Automotive Company, a Germany-China joint venture, will start building the EQC for Chinese markets.
As standard the EQC comes with a water-cooled onboard charger (ODC) with a capacity of 7.4kW, which is ideal for AC charging at home or at a public charging station. The lines are that of your traditional SUV, but with a little more emphasis on EQ branding and electric power through fibre optics and a tech-inspired design. With Mercedes-Benz' grand plans regarding EVs in India, this could be one of the first entrants in the country from the carmaker.
Total maximum driving range on the EQC 400 for the European version will be 279 miles, according to the 52-page press release Mercedes released for the occasion.
Mercedes-Benz has fired the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology.
The market for upscale electric cars is Tesla's to lose, with sales of its entry-level Model 3 sedan expected to reach about 50,000 cars this year and nearly double that in 2019. He added, "Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future". The rollout of the EQC this week, therefore, represented an early production look at the first mass-market electric Mercedes, in a segment that will soon see plenty of competition from up and down the autobahn. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kmph) in just 4.9 seconds.
Tesla has had few or no competitors so far, which includes authorized it to conveniently turn out to be the frontrunner as well as influence initial adopters to spend a quality for an all-electric auto from a pertinent unidentified, without top-quality track-record or even physical dealerships for maintaining together with support.
By then the Model S flagship will be eight years old. Top speed, then? Well, that's also been electronically limited to 112 mph, 43 mph slower than the Model X and 12 mph slower than the Jaguar I-Pace.
While we've gotten used to both hybrid and electric vehicles on the road, there has always been a nagging concern about the safety of these vehicles in the event of an accident.