Mercedes-Benz reveals all-electric EQC

Kenny Grant
September 7, 2018

With that being said, the production EQC is expected to feature two electric motors - one for each axle.

It's the first dedicated electric auto from Mercedes, and goes up against the likes of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. It's bad. It's really bad. Top speed is governed to 180 km/h, while the sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes a claimed 5,1 seconds. "Stay tuned for the live stream, September 4, 6:30 p.m (CEST)", reads the message, which was posted about 9 hours ago on Mercedes-Benz's official Facebook page.

Mercedes promised an official USA range a little later, closer to the market debut of the EQC 400, which is not unusual given the market-specific certification, but it will likely be a bit south of the 279-mile NEDC figure.

When it came to the EQC launch, Mercedes picked the city of Stockholm for its startup scene and green credentials, then began firing off teasers on Instagram as well as Twitter.

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Currently, the luxury electric vehicle market is dominated by EV pioneer Tesla, which is now valued at $US52 billion dollars on Wall Street.

Mercedes-Benz has corrected its initial range estimate for its electric EQC 400 crossover from 200 to 279 miles.

This is the first Mercedes model from the company's new EQ electric sub-brand to be revealed, and the first of what will be a total of 10 EQ models to be launched by 2022.

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.

It seats five and looks like other small crossovers in the GLA family but with a more sloped roofline and a muted rear end.

It will start rolling off production lines at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen in 2019.

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