Tesla and Elon Musk took the Electric Vehicle (EV) a few models ahead before the rest of the automotive industry finally awoke.
First the Roadster, then the Model S, X, and finally Model 3, each vehicle superbly demonstrating the superior performance characteristics of the EV compared with the ICE cars. To say the rest of the industry is in a slumber while Tesla took the lead is not an overstatement.
Suddenly all the legacy car makers were in a rush to present their own EV. Since 2017, Jaguar, BMW, Audi and others have introduced their own EV models. Mercedes also announced the first of their EV offering in 2018 and started selling in Europe in 2019.
The sales in Europe was so good especially after new EU emissions control regulations came into force. The sales of EQC in Europe surged upwards, Mercedes reported.
Delay in sales of EQC
Mercedes Benz’ EQC sales in USA was to be from early 2020. According to Electrek, Mercedes now announces that EQC will hit the US showrooms only in early 2021.
The EQC fans will now have to wait patiently for another year.
Description of the EV : Mercedes Benz EQC 400 4MATIC
Mercedes chose the first EV vehicle to be a SUV considering that SUV are a much preferred vehicle in Europe and across the US. This will be the first model in a series of 10 new models to be launched by 2022.
The EQC will be an All-Wheel Drive (AWD). It is based upon the GLC platform and will be a 5-seater with a trunk space of 500 litres.
The EQC weighs in at 5,400 lbs.
Performance of the EQC
The EQC will take only 4.9 seconds to go from standstill to 60 mph. Its 2 motors have a combined 402 hp and gives a torque of 561 lb.ft.
It will have a top speed of 112 mph. The range is designed for 220 miles under EPA conditions.
Electrical System of the EQC
The EQC400 4Matic uses 2 asynchronous motors (AKA induction) motors . One motor drives the front wheels while the other more powerful motor drives the rear wheels. The combined horsepower is 402 hp.
It will have a 80 kWH battery pack of modular design. It consists of 384 Lithium-ions cells.
The EQC can be fast charged using a fast DC charger in just 40 minutes from 10% to 80%. It will have flexible regenerative braking function which can be varied to suit road conditions.
The No-Win Scenario
Considering that Mercedes have been selling cars since 1900s, the brand exudes exclusiveness and quality, if not reliability. According to a Mercedes motor dealer, any delay to sell the new EQC in US is bad news.
Tesla is soon to be introducing the “Model Y” (also an SUV), and Mercedes is losing a superb opportunity to compete. Buyers are not given all the choices that they should be given especially in California where many EVs are sold.