Mercedes charging ahead with SA-bound EQC electric SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQC prototype testing in Black Forest

It is the first of ten all-new electric models Mercedes-Benz says it will bring to market in the next three and a half years. The front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency, while the rear one determines dynamism, according to the company.

Mercedes is promising a range of 279 miles in the European cycle, though the US range won't be announced for a while.

In that regard, the electric SUV is packing two electric motors; one at each axle, meaning all EQC's are all-wheel-drive.

For the US market, Mercedes-Benz said the midsize electric SUV is estimated to drive for 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge, according to the EPA's test cycle.

Mercedes-Benz is starting production of its first long-range BEV in 2019. At the same time, the EQC "is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury".

As standard, the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger with a capacity of 7,4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations. And more particularly, that the future models of its electric range "EQ" can correspond in all points to your expectations. The plan was to invest 10 billion euros (US$12 billion) on the project, but the spending has become "more than that", he said Tuesday, without specifying figures.

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When Tesla first launched the Roadster, it proved that it could build a world-class electric vehicle (EV) with a realistic driving range and titillating performance.

The California-based leader in EVs have gained strong sales for their accessible Model 3 sedan, which is expected to sell to around 50,000 this year and double that year.

But this may mark the start of a new assault from German automakers on an upstart rival: Tesla, with its current hold over the market for premium electric vehicles. "Tesla has virtually zero competition - but this will change from 2019 onwards". When asked how to watch the lifestream of the EQC EV's unveling live, Mercedes replied that "there will be a live stream tomorrow on this page".

A production-looking and wildly camouflaged Audi e-tron SUV made its debut at the Geneva auto show this week.

While it is too early for exact pricing, sources here in Stockholm did not dismiss suggestions they will be in the same ballpark as the recently introduced Jaguar i-Pace which costs from around €84,000.

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