Mercedes unveils its first fully-electric SUV

Roman Schwartz
September 7, 2018

The EQC is the German firm's first dedicated EV and the first of 10 battery-electric vehicles it will be launched by 2022. Mercedes-Benz says the powertrain will propel the EQC from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, while the battery will supply power for about 279 miles of range, depending on driving style. People are comparing the vehicle with its best rivalry match, the Tesla Model X 75D. The Audi e-tron, on the other hand, covers more than 400km (248.5 miles) on a single charge according to WLTP. However, track results show it to be 280 miles on full charge. Together, they will produce a maximum of 402 horsepower. As for the top speed, it lags behind Tesla Model X 75D's 155mph having clocked at just 112mph.

We hope the production vehicle in 2020 can outperform Mercedes-Benz's range prediction; when so many consumers grade BEVs on how far they'll go on a single charge, the EQC gets fewer miles-per-kWh than logical rivals like the, Tesla Model X, and.

Mercedes and other luxury brands are pushing aggressively into electric cars to challenge Tesla after its success in wooing wealthy buyers with the Model S. Zetsche said that he expects demand for battery-powered vehicles to eat into sales of conventional cars rather than lure new customers. "So, profitable growth must be part of the picture for electric mobility", he said.

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With the EQC reportedly due to hit Australian shores in late 2019, that would mean the German carmaker could possibly give Tesla a run for their money here also - considering that in Norway, Mercedes have apparently already received 2,000 reservation orders before having even released pricing. Hence to underscore the shift and meet the stringent emission standards, Mercedes has made plans to invest 1 billion euros on battery production for fueling its EV models, further creating a network of eight production facilities globally. "What I think it forces Tesla to do is to continue to push their vehicles and not stall on thinking about new features and products and innovation".

In addition, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co.

"One major pillar of our strategy is flexibility", said Markus Schafer, an executive board member at Mercedes-Benz. Their new models are coming to the market as Tesla faces questions about its ability to generate cash and expand production.

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