Mercedes-Benz EQV is 252-mile range premium electric MPV
All-electric people carrier offers rapid charging, spacious interior and choice of seating configurations
Mercedes-Benz has launched its new EQV electric people carrier, its second production electric vehicle, as a pioneering zero-emission premium MPV.
Previously shown in concept form, the EQV has been designed to appeal to fleet and private buyers with a dual focus on practicality and comfort, and will make its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt motor show.
Mercedes claims a range of 252 miles from a full charge, with power stored in a 90kWh lithium ion battery pack mounted under the floor for enhanced dynamics and maximum interior space. It can be charged from 10% capacity to 80% in less than 45 minutes.
Power is sent through a fixed-gear transmission to a front-mounted electric motor producing 201bhp and 267lb ft – enough to propel the 3500kg EV to a 99mph top speed.
Regenerative braking maximises range and can be adjusted using paddles behind the steering wheel. With the brake energy regeneration on its highest setting, Mercedes says the EQV can be driven with just the accelerator pedal.
The EQV’s interior dimensions are the same as those of the standard V-Class on which it is based, and it can be used as a six, seven or eight-seater. The EQV will be built in two sizes, but only the long-wheelbase variant will be sold in the UK.
Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system comes as standard, with a 10in high-definition display offering live energy flow and consumption data. The system also supports voice control, plus pre-journey temperature and navigation configuration via an app.
European EQV buyers will be able to use the Ionity charging network, which will comprise 400 rapid-charging stations across Europe by next year.
The EQV retains the silhouette, dimensions and overall styling of the V-Class but features an EQC-aping black front panel in place of a grille and bespoke 18in alloy wheels, as well as gold and blue interior trim accents.
It will be built alongside the conventionally fuelled Vito and V-Class at Mercedes’ Vitoria commercial vehicle factory in Spain, enabling production of the new model to be adjusted easily to suit changing customer demand.
The EQV is set to go on sale by 2021 at an expected starting price of around £61,000, roughly £11,000 more than the entry-level V-Class.
Source: Autocar Online