The electric Mercedes-EQ range explained
With Mercedes recently kickstarting their EQ range, we break down the key features on each electric model.
The push for electrification is really starting to be felt across the entire motoring industry with close to all manufacturers introducing their own electric models. Needless to say, Mercedes is no different as it has recently kickstarted its dedicated range of electric models under a new sub-brand - EQ.
Though just a few models have been introduced so far, there’s lots more to come from EQ - so let’s take a look at what you need to know about this latest branch of Mercedes.
Mercedes’s baby EQA kicks off the firm’s EV range. It’s the smallest car in the line-up and the lowest priced too with the model starting at around £45,000. As a result, it’s likely to be the most popular.
It’s got a range of up to 263 miles and can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes at speeds of up to 100kW. The EQA range has also been expanded with the introduction of a new all-wheel-drive version, too.
There aren’t too many seven-seater electric cars, so the new Mercedes EQB only really has the Tesla Model X as a direct rival.
Though it doesn’t go on sale until the end of the year, we know that there will be two versions available offering either 240bhp or 290bhp. Both will get all-wheel-drive and be capable of travelling up to 260 miles on a single charge.
The EQC arrived as the first model in the EQ line-up and it was this mid-sized SUV that showcased how future models from the firm might look.
Priced from around £65,000, the EQC has a range of up to 255 miles per charge and is capable of receiving a 110kW charging, allowing for a 10 to 80 per cent charge in just 40 minutes.
The new EQS takes the spot as the flagship electric vehicle in the Mercedes range, just as the S-Class tops its line-up of conventionally-powered models. Though pricing has yet to be confirmed, it’s likely that the EQS will command a serious price tag.
However, it’ll bring incredible performance, too. Mercedes promises a range of over 400 miles, yet top-ups will only take half an hour.
Not all electric vehicles have to be sweeping saloons or head-turning SUVs. In fact, larger vehicles work well as EVs because they offer more space for the battery, and that’s why the Mercedes EQV makes a lot of sense.
It’s got space for seven, yet can return up to 213 miles between charges.
Though just a prototype for now, the EQT gives us a little clue as to the direction of the Mercedes EQ range. It’s already been shown in near-production form and acts as a smaller second MPV to join the EQV. We’re expecting it to arrive in showrooms next year.
Published: June 10, 2021