Electric cars coming soon: Mercedes EQC
Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...
On sale Summer 2019 Price from £60,000 (est)
The EQC is the first Mercedes-badged car to come from the firm’s electric EQ sub-brand and is loosely based on the same underpinnings as the GLC, but with bodywork that makes it significantly longer and lower. Its design has been toned down only a little compared with the EQ concept car that first showcased Mercedes’ electric ambitions in 2016.
The EQC is powered by two electric motors – one on the front axle and another at the rear – that together put out 402bhp and 564lb ft of torque. As a result, the EQC can sprint from 0-62mph in a claimed 5.1sec – slightly slower than the rival Jaguar I-Pace can manage, largely because the EQC weighs significantly more (2425kg vs 2133kg).
The EQC has an official range of 249 miles, based on the new WLTP test, again falling short of the I-Pace’s 292 miles. The car can be recharged to 80% of capacity in about 40 minutes via a rapid charger of the kind you’ll find at most motorway service stations.
Inside, the EQC adopts the same widescreen digital displays as the latest A-Class, one of which is devoted to Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system. There are a number of EQ-specific enhancements, too, such as graphics to show energy flow, remaining range and charging status.
With prices expected to start from £60,000, the EQC will be competitive with the I-Pace and appear a comparative bargain next to the Tesla Model X, which starts at around £75,500.
Following the EQC, Mercedes plans to add up to 10 all-electric models to its line-up by 2025 – including electric alternatives to the A-Class and S-Class.
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