It boasts 402 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque, which is impressive, but the EQC's range seems to leave a lot to be desired.
The vehicle joins models like the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace in putting pressure on Tesla as the California-based carmaker struggles to ramp up production of the Model 3 and make a profit. It's bad. It's really bad. Top speed, then? Well, that's also been electronically limited to 112 mph, 43 mph slower than the Model X and 12 mph slower than the Jaguar I-Pace. Mercedes-Benz claims an estimated 0-60 miles per hour time in 4.9 seconds. The rollout of the EQC this week, therefore, represented an early production look at the first mass-market electric Mercedes, in a segment that will soon see plenty of competition from up and down the autobahn.
In a statement to Green Car Reports, the automaker's United States subsidiary updated the range estimate. It has amassed more than 2,000 refundable deposits of 20,000 crowns ($2,400) in Europe's biggest electric-car market, where Tesla sold 8,500 vehicles a year ago.
In fact, Mercedes-Benz has developed a phone application called "EQ Ready". The vehicle, which was first seen as a concept two years ago at the Paris Auto Show, will enter production in 2019 and goes on sale here in the United States in 2020. It is also perhaps most fitting that the EQC is an SUV - after all, the SUV and crossover market has proven to be accepting to newer designs and change, and would be accepting of an electric SUV.
Mercedes is claiming a provisional driving range of more than 280 miles from an 80kWh battery. The auto joins the Porsche Taycan and Jaguar I-Pace in putting pressure on Tesla as the California-based carmaker struggles to ramp up the Model 3 and make a profit.
For the EQC, power comes from an 80-kWh battery mated to a water-cooled onboard charger rated at 7.4 kW, Depending on what charging output is chosen, 80 percent of the car's battery can be up and ready in 40 minutes. The firm's fully-electric offerings wll number up to 10 by 2022, while more models will gain electrification with petrol- and diesel-electric hybrid systems.
The EQC crossover would reportedly start production in the Bremen factory in Germany, and it will eventually spread to China and possibly to the company's US plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, claim sources.