Mercedes-Benz is wearing a surprisingly conservative dress.
In the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz presented the Generation EQ study, a preview of the first EQC electric car. Over the past few years, two hundred prototypes were built, tested cold and warm, and several in the security center ended their basic career. At the beginning, electric cars were still using the GLC and GLE, but in the last two seasons there were hardly concealed bodywork. They wanted to be sure, but that's not the reason you're expecting an unusually long test phase. There was a need to create a battery production capacity, Daimler does not want to be dependent on a supplier, so the company owned by Deutsche Accumotive creates a modular battery system. The unit using lithium-ion technology is contained in a frame that is part of the vehicle's energy-absorbing frame, otherwise there is a high-voltage control unit.
This figure has been transformed into the fact that over the years there has been a traditional grille on the front of the car, and the headlights already connected to the graphics are already connected to each other by a bright LED line. The EVA construction kit is specially designed for electric models; thus, the display and wheelbase can be freely adjusted to reach the maximum amount of battery between the axles below the floor.
The EQC will start with a capacity of 80 kilowatt hours, but according to engineers, it will reach 110 kilowatt hours in the foreseeable future. In addition, the front and rear axles have an electric engine of 204 horsepower, so 408 horsepower is the system power, 765 newton meters of system torque. It promises a standard product with electronically limited peak speed and more than 450 kilometers, with a speed of 0-100 km / h in 5.1 seconds, 180 km / h. Up to 120 kW DC chargers could be operated on the batteries, but today a 50 kilowatt charger is still in use. The liquid-cooled built-in charger is 7.4 kilowatts, which can fast feed with the Mercedes-Benz wall charger.
The economic driving aid system tells you when you start to take your foot off the accelerator pedal to achieve full speed at the end of acceleration and to increase energy recovery if inclined. Mercedes-Benz does not want to be the first in an acceleration race with its electric car, but rather to transfer the traditional values of the brand, for example, to make steel springs particularly comfortable. 2425 kg body weight, 650 kilograms of battery together with the help of barricades.
As with the latest models of the brand, two large-scale monitor dashboards and the MBUX's digital assistant are on board. The menu system behind the EQ mosaic features special options for the electric car, including time-consuming charging, remote passenger compass control and lightning charging on the go. The contrasting colors and materials, ie soft and hard surfaces, make the inside of the electric vehicle unique. The EQ-characteristic rose color can be seen on the air vents of the ventilation holes on the EQC. From the start, the sporty look and feel of the AMG Line package can be configured with new 20- and 21-inch wheels.
In Norway, the EQC type orders are taken by the sellers with a payment of 20,019 cents, with a total of seven hundred thousand tons, and the total purchase price corresponds to 23 million in order of magnitude. In Europe, the market will be introduced in the second quarter of 2019, taking the car from Bremen. In addition, the former CCS system will produce the EQC for the regional market in Beijing Benz Automotive, which is the Japanese CHAdeMO standard for GB / T or lightning in China.
This article was published in the World Economy on November 6.