Mercedes unveils its first fully electric vehicle

Mercedes unveils its first fully electric vehicle

The EQC is the first vehicle to be brought in under the brand's EQ sub-brand.

A flashy reveal before legions of automotive journalists; The debut of the Mercedes EQC looks just like most others at first glance. The EQC is a five-seater SUV and it is based on a copiously reworked version of the GLC's platform.

While the Mercedes EQC looks like it's aimed at Tesla's Model X SUV the specs say that Mercedes still has some catching up to do.

Under the hood, the EQC will reportedly feature a couple of electric motors powering each of the axles. Top speed is governed to 180 km/h, while the sprint from zero to 100 km/h takes a claimed 5,1 seconds.

An 80kWh battery gives the EQC a claimed range of more than 450km.

As far as technical data released so far goes, the EQC is powered by a pair of asynchronous electric motors.

The interior is dominated by that very wide display across the dash.

Mercedes will start series production of the EQC in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Full details will be revealed closer to the local launch date.

The battery can be charged from 10-80% in as little as 40 minutes, using a DC charger.

However, this is just the beginning for Mercedes-Benz.

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Next up is the EQA compact hatch.

The concept was first shown at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Mercedes is promising a range of 279 miles in the European cycle, though the USA range won't be announced for a while. And more particularly, that the future models of its electric range "EQ" can correspond in all points to your expectations. To underscore the shift, Mercedes will spend 1 billion euros on battery production to create a network of eight facilities globally.

Cheap and cheerful: The Renault Zoe is now Australia's most affordable EV. The EVs are part of 50 electrified vehicles planned by 2022.

While we've gotten used to both hybrid and electric vehicles on the road, there has always been a nagging concern about the safety of these vehicles in the event of an accident. After analysis, the "EQ Ready" app suggests the model most in phase with the user, staying of course in the catalog to the star and that of Smart.

Even as he targets Tesla, Zetsche praised CEO Elon Musk for making electric cars popular.

Other brands will beat Benz to the showrooms. In addition to the Model X, which starts at about $85,000 before tax rebates, the rivals include the coming E-tron and Jaguar Land Rover's well-received $70,000 I-Pace.

Jaguar is launching its I-Pace SUV in October with prices starting from $119,900. The 75 kWh all-wheel-drive variant has a range of 237 miles and hits 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

The German automaker unveiled the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron that's broad and flat, visibly inspired by the wind tunnel and the race track.

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