Mercedes-Benz Goes Electric With New EQC

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The Mercedes-Benz EQC is an all-electric compact crossover in all-wheel drive. The EQC will also compete against BMW's upcoming electric iX3 small SUV, Porsche's all-electric Taycan, and Tesla's Model X SUV.

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"If there's no competition, where's the market going to go?" she said.

The market for upscale electric cars is Tesla's to lose, with sales of its entry-level Model 3 sedan expected to reach about 50,000 cars this year and nearly double that in 2019.

This is the first Mercedes model from the company's new EQ electric sub-brand to be revealed, and the first of what will be a total of 10 EQ models to be launched by 2022. It is also perhaps most fitting that the EQC is an SUV - after all, the SUV and crossover market has proven to be accepting to newer designs and change, and would be accepting of an electric SUV.

"With the EQC - the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz - we are flipping the switch", says Mercedes-Benz chairman Dieter Zetsche. While the allelectric vehicle hints at the striking future design cues from Infiniti, the Prototype 10 concept's most important feature is its electric powertrain.

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Prices are expected to start at around £67,000, which is in line with the car's key rivals: the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace. Aside from the usual crash tests and regular developments and so on, the EQC has received further safety attention surrounding the battery and components that carry electricity. With a full charge the EQC offers an average (NEDC) range of 450km.

These are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW, and an intelligent operating strategy for a superior electric range.

Mercedes will start series production of the EQC in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.

The company meant to invest 10 billion euros ($12 billion) in its electric-vehicle push but has ended up spending "more than that", he said, without specifying figures.

An electric version of Mercedes' A-class sedan could go on sale in the U.S.in the second half of 2020. The EQC 400 is the clear leader among premium crossovers, turning each kilowatt-hour into an estimated 3.5 miles of travel, while the competing Audi e-Tron manages just 2.77 miles, and the Jaguar I-Pace only 2.67.

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