Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style

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Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style-electric

Yesterday’s Tuesday celebrated Mercedes-Benz EQC in Sweden, on the @ Me Convention in Stockholm, its world premiere. But do not worry who could not follow the LiveStream, which will find all the important information about the EQC, the first E-car from Mercedes-Benz.

The EQC is considered the first model of the new product and technology brand EQ – derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values “emotion” and “intelligence” – and is waiting with groundbreaking design details and brand-typical color accents that you already know or at least will see in the future of more often.

“With the EQC as the first fully electric SUV of Mercedes-Benz, we set the switch. The E-drive is an important building block of the mobility of the future. Therefore, in the next few years, we invest more than ten billion euros in new EQ products and over a billion in battery production.”- Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Nevertheless, the EQC conveys a thing very clear at first glance: I am a Benz. In advance you have a lot of device, as he could look like. But the EQC of Mercedes-Benz does not succeed in denying his origin. He does not have to. Through an interplay of a very own design language, the conscious meeting of digital and analog elements as well as the seamless interlinking of intuitive and physical design arises an electric car, which ensures sensation.

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The powerful proportions allow EQC to count the Crossover SUV. Because the stretched roof line and the disc graphics with a low-positioned on-board edge and the coupe roof lift at the rear position it optically between a SUV and a SUV coupe.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: No technical revolution, but quite a benz

Let’s get directly to the most important values: over 450 kilometers range to NEFZ, 22.2 kWh / 100 km at a rated power of 300 kW (408 hp) and a 80 kWh battery. Definitely no values that allow the e-auto world. But still sufficient to play seriously in the front area.

“The new EQC is a real Mercedes-Benz. This is especially true for classical virtues such as quality, security and comfort. Added to this is the high driving dynamics thanks to two electric motors on front and rear axle with together 300 kW power as well as an intelligent operating strategy for a sovereign electric range. The EQC is part of a growing family of purely electrically powered vehicles at Mercedes-Benz.”- Ola Kallenius, in the Executive Board of Daimler AG responsible for Group research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

From the house, the EQC comes to around 2.4 tons and sets a completely newly developed drive system with an electric powertrain on the front and rear axle on the drive. Together, the asynchronous machines bring a capacity of 300 kW (408 hp) on the road. Due to this structure, the e-crossover SUV is possible to map the driving characteristics of a four-wheel drive.

The lithium-ion battery – the core of the EQC from Saxony

As the centerpiece of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the lithium-ion battery arranged in the vehicle floor applies from own production. With 80 kWh (NEFZ) energy content, it supplies the vehicle involving a sophisticated operating strategy and can thus enable an electric range of over 450 km (according to NEFZ). The battery consists of 384 cells and is arranged in the vehicle floor between the front and rear axle. The system design of the battery is modular, it consists of two modules with 48 and four modules with 72 cells each.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style-electric

The 100% Daimler’s subsidiary German ACCUMOTIVE manufactures the battery necessary for the EQC. This is also an integral part of the crash concept on the total vehicle level. The depth and central arrangement also has a positive effect on the driving behavior of the EQC. This can be loaded in different ways. The EQC has a water-cooled on-board loader (OBL) with a power of 7.4 kW and is thus prepared for the AC) load at home and on public charging stations.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style-electric

Furthermore, the EQC can also be loaded via DC – this is standard at the E-SUV from Daimler at the start. In Europe, this happens, for example, via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) and the USA as well as Chademo in Japan or GB / T in China. Depending on the SOC (status of charge, German: boost), the EQC loads on a corresponding charging station with a maximum power of up to 110 kW. The charging time is then about 40 minutes from 10- 80 percent SOC.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style-electric

Direct influence of the driver to the reach of the EQC

As you certainly know from our test reports hang consumption and range even in electric vehicles very much from the driving style. The EQC also supports the driver through various driving programs with different characteristics. An essential role in the economical driving program variants plays the haptic driving pedal, which supports the driver in economic driving. The following programs are available:

  • Comfort: Default setting; Fahrpedalkennline, which supports a comfortable driving style, but depending on the driving way also automatically more dynamic.
  • ECO: Focus on the driving program is due to high efficiency and low consumption.
  • Max Range: Intelligent driving program, with the help of the driver can achieve the maximum possible range.
  • Sport: Focus on the driving program is the best response for the highest driving performance.
  • Individual: There is also an individual driving program where individual parameters can be adjusted separately.

Furthermore, one gets the possibility to influence the recuperation power via switching winds, so-called paddles, behind the steering wheel. With the left paddle, the strength of the recuperation is increased, reduced with the right. Overall, there are five stages, with the strongest recuperation level being most interesting.

With this one-pedal driving is possible, because in most situations, the recuperation delay is sufficient to do not have to operate the brake pedal. E-Auto beginners are introduced by the Eco Assistant assistant system to the most economical driving style.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style-electric

Multimedia system MBUX: with EQC specific content

As already suspected, the EQC relies on the multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience known from the new A-Class, complement numerous EQ specific content such as the display of range, state of charge and energy flow.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style-style

In addition, an EQ optimized navigation, driving programs, charging current and departure time can be operated and adjusted via MBUX. Optically, the specific EQ functions are bundled over a special EQ tile. Alternatively, the user can enter the EQ menu of the MBUX system via a key in the lower left control panel directly. The EQ specific voice control facilitates thanks to natural language understanding the operation of the EQC.

Hardiness test successfully passed – now the EQC comes on the street

The hard winter tests has the EQC – the first purely battery electrical Mercedes-Benz series model – from January to March in northern Sweden successfully brought behind. Subsequently, further suspension and traction tests as well as the integrated total vehicle heat-proof in southern Europe on the plan were to come closer to the production maturity.

Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style-style

The systematic total vehicle validation made on the EQC serves to secure the high quality standards and is one of the extensive measures in the development process of each Mercedes-Benz series. Where similar tests are also carried out by other manufacturers for their models before they come to the market.

Around 200 prototypes and pre-production vehicles of the EQC were tested for corresponding tests on four continents (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa). And will have covered several million kilometers up to the market launch. The test program includes more than 500 individual tests.

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The Mercedes-Benz engineers can build on the comprehensive findings of digital testing, which both secure the exceptional and simulation of, for example, aerodynamics, crash and vibration behavior (NVH: Noise, Vibration, Harshenness, German: noise, vibration, roughness ) served. The ratio between digital and real testing is about 35 to 65 percent.

Production of EQC from Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz is integrated into the production of the factory in Bremen. There he will roll together with combustion models from the tape. Together with the C-Class and the GLC he will run there from the band.

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Nothing has been announced to the quantities of the EQC. Unclear is still in which quantities of the EQC will be produced. As with the C-Class and the GLC, Bremen acts as a competence center for EQC production to the other locations. The EQC rolls on the street in this country in the middle of 2019. At what price is not yet known.

As already reported by us, you are already preparing for the production of the EQC in China. There he should be at the joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) roll from the tape.

“At Mercedes-Benz Cars, we integrate the EQC into the series production of the Mercedes-Benz Werks Bremen. An important pillar in our strategy is flexibility. With the decision to produce electric vehicles on a line with combustion engine models, we can react flexibly to demand and optimally utilize our works. Thus, we continue to achieve high efficiency and secure top quality with proven production processes.”- Markus Schafer, Member of the area council Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain

With the world premiere of the EQC, the Stuttgart underlines company that it is serious with the electro-offensive at Mercedes-Benz Cars and the associated slaughter plan. We are at least curious on upcoming models and first travel impressions of the EQC.

Technical data of the Mercedes-Benz EQC

CO2 emission 0 g / km
Power consumption (NEFZ) 22.2 kWh / 100 km
Reach (NEFZ) over 450 km
drive 2 asynchronous machines, four-wheel drive
rated capacity 300 kW (408 hp)
Max. Torque 765 nm
Top speed 180 km / h (corrected)
Acceleration 0-100 km / h 5.1 s
battery Lithium-ion
Energy content Battery (NEFZ) 80 kWh
Battery 650 kg
Length / width (with mirror) / height 4.761/1.884 (2.096) / 1.624 mm
Gauge (VA / HA) 1.625/1.615 mm
wheelbase 2.873 mm
Luggage room (depending on the equipment) Ca. 500 l
Empty weight / Zul. Total weight / payload (DIN) 2.425 * / 2.930/505 kg
Zul. Trailer load at 12% gradient 1.800 kg

The EQC in the moving picture [Video]

https: // www.youtube.com / watch?V = GK7YCY5KS7U

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6 thoughts on “Mercedes-Benz EQC: An electric car with character and style”

  1. The EQC will hardly help us in electromobility. It’s just a prestige object based on Tesla. E cars should be developed for effective driving. The electrical continuation of the SUV trend with extreme motorization can not be the guild of mobility. Even Teslafahrer travel with a moderate speed, which not only causes reason but also the feeling of electrical driving.
    Here are some notes on the technical data.
    Why is the consumption stated in NEFZ? 22.2 kWh / 100km is not little and will be higher according to WLTP and above all in practice in practice. In addition, this theoretical value at an 80 kWh battery is not enough for 450 km but just 360 km. To do this, should be a charging column exactly when reaching boost level zero.
    The reach of a payload of 10% to 80% (56 kWh) then theoretically is the same for 252 km! In practice it is more than 200 km. We should make more honest.
    I am a delighted e-car driver and drive for the time being (only) a smart 42 ED as a second car for the time being (only) . However, I wonder if we are on the right path to electromobility!
    My wishes would be a serial plugin hybrid with CA. 30 kWh battery for regional operation and a 30 kW fuel cell stack as a rangeextender for the long distances. In this context, hydrogen makes sense as a supplement to direct electrical landing and the topic Superload is defused or. obsolete.

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  2. “Over 450 kilometers reach to Nefz, 22.2 kWh / 100 km”
    How should this be possible with an 80kW battery? According to Adam Giant, the 360km, not 450!

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  3. Hello Sebastian,
    Walter Trumpler has described this completely correctly in my view, first reason should be reason and then when capacities are left, the “extravagance” is realized.
    Who needs a 2.5 to ship with 400 hp in everyday operation ???
    Smaller, smarter, more flexible is the future of e-mobility;
    We already have more than 45 mils. Cars which clog the stalls, we wanted to complement / expand this through “E-Mobile” shortiers will soon be more advanced at all.

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  4. Here is a detail that I find quite significant. The on-board charger with 7.4 kW is obviously single-phase 230 V with 32 A. That’s full of my view. In the living area, a maximum of 20 A is allowed and not always realizable. It then stay 3.7 kW at 16 A and 20 hours charging time!
    Also on public charging pillars make 7.4 kW no sense. Why not 3-phase with at least 11 kW. This is even 3 x 16 a for most private connections. “Bike at Tesla”

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  5. Not consistent from the design. What should be captured at the protozig grille and the powerful center console that takes comfortable clearance.
    As a prototype recordable. But then a model name is Iritier!? In my BMW I3, BJ. In 2014, I very welcomed the freedom.

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  6. WOW – a promotional item for the MB EQC !
    If someone wants to receive information about the car from another view, which read, “Everything that is mercedes EQC”. The car is a pure compliance car, with which MB believes / hopes to reduce fleet consumption. It is a “rounded” GLC and has even kept the now senseless “cardant tunnel” in the interior.
    Exactly as many as necessary, are produced – and by no means the production of the GLC in favor of the EQC – if the non-fleet is necessary.
    The EQC can even be a problem for MB in the future. Because you currently have neither a correct E platform (like VW with MEB), nor a correct, consistent E-car on offer. When do you want to start with such a development?
    Again an interesting source: “The Osborne Effect on the Auto Industry” – then looks bad for MB in the future ..

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