As a new decade approaches, Mercedes-Benz accelerates the electrification of its product range and it is showing how the current bodystyles will adopt electrification under the ‘EQ’ brand. The German premium carmaker introduced the new technology brand in 2016, kicking off with the Concept EQ and then the Concept EQA in the compact segment the following year.
MPV comes after SUV
Last year, it unveiled its first production model of the new brand – the EQC 400 4MATIC – as the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz SUV. Soon, there will also be a premium people-mover MPV running purely on electricity. To provide a preview, the company has been displaying the Concept EQV, which it says will be shown in production form by this year’s Frankfurt Autoshow.
Technical highlights of the vehicle include a range of up to 400 kms and rapid charging – within just 15 minutes – to enable a range of 100 kms. What’s more, the vehicle offers the greatest possible level of comfort in its interior and maximum functionality, thanks to the diverse range of possible seating configurations.
Greater functionality and variability
Accordingly, the concept vehicle has a broad range of potential applications covered. For example, in the private sphere, families or sports enthusiasts benefit from its great functionality and variability, with seating for up to 8 persons. Meanwhile, for VIP transport tasks, the vehicle offers a comprehensive range of equipment and convinces with an especially pleasant ride comfort.
“Mercedes-Benz Vans is consistently advancing the electrification of its product portfolio. With the Concept EQV, we are now taking the next step. The concept offers all of the brand-typical attributes familiar from this segment which Mercedes-Benz customers have come to know, appreciate and also expect. As a family companion, a leisure-time adventurer or a shuttle vehicle with lounge ambience, the combination of these characteristics with a battery-electric drive mean the Concept EQV is a concept car with a future. And so we’re particularly excited that we will soon be able to offer a series-production model on the basis of this concept,” explained Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Human Resources and Director of Labour Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans.
400 kms on a full charge
The Concept EQV features a compact electric drivetrain (eATS) on the front axle with an output of 150 kW. The electric motor, the transmission with fixed transmission ratios, the cooling system and the power electronics form a compact and integral unit. Energy is supplied by a lithium-ion battery. Thanks to a capacity of 100 kWh, a maximum range of up to 400 kms is said to be realistic. And with a top speed of 160 km/h, it ensures brisk intercity commuting.
As a member of the EQ family, the Concept EQV also benefits from the comprehensive scope of the technology brand’s electromobility ecosystem. This starts with comprehensive advice and a range of services, right up to the charging infrastructure and even a modified navigation system which takes into account the charge level of the battery. There will also be apps which, for example, enable control of the pre-entry climate control or cash-less payments at public charging stations.
The comprehensive electrification strategy being pursued in the product portfolio allows Mercedes-Benz to provide an even broader experience of the EQ product and technology brand to customers. This starts with the wide-ranging electrification of the modern combustion engine – also known as mild hybrids – which use the EQ Boost technology.
A further and very important component is the continued plug-in hybrid offensive being pursued. Until 2022, the whole Mercedes-Benz Portfolio is planned to be electrified. This means that electrified variants will be offered in every segment – from the compact car to the large SUV.