Mercedes-Benz has launched its luxury electric brand, EQ in India and the first product, Mercedes-Benz EQC will be launched in April 2020. The EQC has already been launched in international markets.
Talking about the charging network, Mr Schwenk explained that though Mercedes-Benz doesn’t have the scale to push electric charging infrastructure, the company will provide a reasonable start-up configuration for customers through its dealer network.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery that consists of 384 cells located in the car’s floor. The EQC offers a range of up to 471 km in a single charge. The electric SUV is driven by two motors placed on each axle producing a combined power of 300 kW, equivalent to 402 hp, and 765 Nm of torque. With a fast DC charger, EQC can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in 40 minutes with a maximum output of up to 110 kW.
Globally, Mercedes-Benz is aiming to electrify its entire line-up in developed markets by 2022 with a total of 130 variants. The electrification will include 48-volt on-board electrical system with EQ Boost, plug-in-hybrids and all-electric vehicles with battery or fuel cell. The company believes that the sales of battery electric vehicles will reach 15 to 25 per cent of total sales by 2025.
Mercedes India will reveal the price of the EQC in April, but don’t expect it to come cheap, with the price estimated at INR 1.4 crore (ex-showroom).
The electric scene in India is finally coming alive and 2020 seems to be year that will be remembered as the one that started the shift. Launches like MG ZS EV, Tata Nexon and Mahindra eKUV100 are finally here to make them affordable to the masses. Luxury passenger vehicle segment too will see action with Audi already having showcased e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace too lined up for the festive season.