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You’ve probably heard it all by now. Manufacturers promoting sustainable futures and electrical vehicles that consume no fossil fuels and produce no emissions.
Depending on your perspective, they’re either an incredible sustainable mobility option (and a great step towards a greener future), or just another automaker jumping on the bandwagon without the real innovation to back it.
So what does it really mean to be a sustainable carmaker?
For Mercedes-Benz, the innovation and technology that has come with its origins remains with the automaker today – and cements itself in the form of the EQ brand: the cutting-edge Electric Intelligence (EQ) offering, encompassing a whole ecosystem of electric mobility products, services, technologies and innovations.
Aiming for all of their new vehicles to be carbon-neutral by 2039, the automaker expects plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles, or PHEVs and BEVs, to account for 50% of its global volume by 2025—double the target it originally announced two years ago. Taking responsibility, the brand are severing the tie between their consumption of resources and the growth of their manufacturing output.
This future is something that consumers can start experiencing today with the automaker’s comprehensive range of currently available and upcoming all-electric vehicle models. The most groundbreaking of the range, coming in the form of the Mercedes-Benz EQC: their very-first all-electric SUV.
Meet the EQC
Providing plenty of space and comfort with all the power of a Mercedes, the Mercedes-Benz EQC boasts stunning design, state-of-the-art technology, a high level of safety and close to silent driving. Both models on offer (the EQC400 4Matic and EQC400 4Matic Sport) are powered by dual electric motors developing a combined 300kW and 760Nm paired to a 80kWh lithium-ion battery, and come with a five-year subscription to the Chargefox national network of ultra-rapid charging stations.
While the SUV offers impressive range, extensive charging infrastructure and the highest level of safety, the EQC takes sustainability to that next level thanks to it’s manufacture: almost 100 components on the car have been produced from renewable sources.
2022 Mercedes Benz EQC
EQC400 4Matic and 4Matic Sport
Price (MSRP): $124,300 and $141,300 (plus on-roads)
Format: Dual motor, all-wheel drive
Battery size: 80kWh
Range (WLTP): 373km
Energy use: 21.4kWh/100km
MAX charge speed: 110kW DC
Plug type: Type 2 AC / CCS DC
Weight (tare): 2500kg
Boot space: 500L / 1469L
There are currently two models in the Mercedes-EQ range, with more available soon. Second to the EQC comes in the form of the all-electric EQA – a compact electric vehicle with striking styling, exhilarating performance and impressive range.
Find out more about both, here.