The Three-Pointed Star has launched its first MPV with an all-electric powertrain, combining its unmatched luxury vans with zero emission technology. The EQV is a result of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class matched with battery-power with intelligent aids for electric-vehicle ecosystem using cloud services and applications to enhance the EV experience. The EQV has a best-in-class range of 418 kilometres and the versatility of the V-class.
Using the MPV design of the vehicle, the battery has been installed in the underfloor area, benefitting by creating a low centre-of-gravity and enables the car to pack everything that its conventional engine cousin does in terms of luxury and interiors. The EQV has adjustable configuration to seat 8 passengers and a massive luggage capacity of 1,410 litres when maxed out.
The EQV is powered by an electric motor which can deliver about 204hp, supplied by the water-cooled lithium-ion battery rated at 90Kwh, making the car feel light and nimble despite its boxy shape and large footprint. An optional AirMatic suspension offers sublime ride capability even on rougher patches with the help of its automatically adjusting ride height and better control at higher speeds by lowering it and reducing drag and supplementing the range and efficiency of the car.
The EV is equipped with the MBUX-Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which is tweaked for the EV, which uses the central console screen to provide the user to control the aspects of the car to improve battery consumption and using data to predict range on pre-existing conditions. The Mercedes Me app can be used to plan a trip beforehand, the car adjusts motor settings and climate control even before the users step-in to make the journey comfortable and enabling optimum range, all the while adapting to live conditions using traffic, weather and recharge availability.
All types of charging can be utilised by the car to charge its batteries, including 110Kw fast charging stations and using intelligent features to decide what charge shall be used from the plugged-in station depending upon the next charging point, range available and performance setting used. The Mercedes Me app smoothens the registration of the user and car at charging stations by handling most of the formalities automatically.
Energy recovery systems bottle up energy while braking and accelerating to save up every last iota of electrical energy to optimise the range and performance, the driver can decide which setting to use for the recovery system, which adjusts engine braking to increase the recuperative energy harnessed.
The host of leading features with the added benefit of eco-friendly battery power to make the EQV a versatile all-purpose vehicle from the German marque. “The EQV delivers refined performance, is intuitive to use and offers a generous amount of space – with absolutely zero local emissions. This makes it the ideal companion for families and leisure sports, as well as the natural choice for shuttle service or use as a premium limousine.” Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head, Mercedes-Benz Vans said in a statement.
Dr. Ulf Zillig, Head of Development Mercedes-Benz Vans said, “Our goal when developing the EQV was clear: to design an electric van without any restrictions on variability. By placing the battery in the underbody, our developers have mastered this challenge and even made the EQV more agile and comfortable, due to its low centre of gravity. The Mercedes-Benz EQV therefore sets standards in its segment.”
The EV is made on the same assembly line as the V-Class in Mercedes-Benz’s Vitoria plant in Spain to facilitate the outputs of the EV/ICE powered versions depending on customer orders.
|EQV 300 Long||EQV 300 Extra-long|
|Energy efficiency label||A+||A+|
|CO2 emissions||0 g/km||0 g/km|
|Power consumption combined||26.3 kWh/100 km||26.4 kWh/100 km|
|Range||418 km||417 km|
|Charge time at a wallbox or public charging station (AC up to 11 kW)||<10 h (0–100 %)||<10 h (0–100 %)|
|Charge time at a fast-charging station (DC up to 110 kW)||ca. 45 Min. (10–80 % SoC)||ca. 45 Min. (10–80 % SoC)|
|Charging voltage||400 V||400 V|
|Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front-wheel drive|
|Power (peak)||150 kW (204 hp)||150 kW (204 hp)|
|Power (sustained)||70 kW (95 hp)||70 kW (95 hp)|
|Max. torque||362 Nm||362 Nm|
|Top speed||140 km/h (standard)|
160 km/h (option)
|140 km/h (standard)|
160 km/h (option)
|High-voltage battery||Lithium-ion, water-cooled||Lithium-ion, water-cooled|
|Battery capacity (usable)||90 kWh||90 kWh|
|Battery capacity (installed)||100 kWh||100 kWh|
|Vehicle length||5,140 mm||5,370 mm|
|Wheelbase||3,200 mm||3,430 mm|
|Luggage space (max.)||1,030 litres||1,410 litres|
|Gross vehicle weight||3,500 kg||3,500 kg|
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