Mercedes company showed its the first all-electric crossover the Mercedes-Benz EQC at the Paris Motor Show in 2018. The head of the company said that by 2025, all ICE-powered Mercedes vehicles would have a hybrid component with a 48-volt electrical system. The share of electric vehicles and rechargeable hybrids in the concern’s products should be at least 50% by 2030.
Batteries for EQC are made only at a factory in the German town Kamenz wich is situated near Dresden. But in the near future, Daimler plans to invest over a billion euros in the production of batteries and use eight more factories: four in Germany and one each in Poland, the United States, Thailand and China.
The total power of two asynchronous electric motors is 300 kW, or 408 hp. The maximum speed of the Mercedes EQC is limited to 180 km/h, and acceleration to 100 km/h from zero will take 5.1 seconds. Despite the fact that the actual capabilities of the model are much higher, the manufacturer installed an electronic limiter for safety reasons.
The range with a fully charged battery is about 450 kilometers. The car comes with a special charging station. It has a liquid cooling system and can replenish energy up to 80% in just 40 minutes.
Like any premium car, the Mercedes-Benz EQC will receive a wide range of equipment. Along all features there are some that are hard to not noticed. They are the presence of an optional sports body kit, heated seats, ventilation, electric adjustments and memory of positions, a multifunctional steering wheel, as well as an unusual front panel with an extended screen. In fact, it is made of two separate monitors with a diagonal of 10.5 inches each. The left one shows the virtual dashboard, and the right one is made for the multimedia system interface.
It is very comfortable to use the car in conjunction with a Mercedes semi-autopilot. It will recuperative slow down when approaching a roundabout or an area with a 70 or 50 km/h restriction, it will center the car in a narrow lane, and it will smoothly give current itself when 80 km/h is allowed again.
It is a stylish, comfortable and quiet vehicle. All passengers feel safe and trip is a pleasure. It is nice to see that the European authorities are building charging stations at a reactive pace and encouraging the purchase of electric vehicles to protect the environment and our planet.