The new battery-electric-powered large-capacity sedan from Mercedes-Benz, the EQV, can now be ordered. For the market launch, the third electric van with star is available in the long wheelbase version as EQV 300.. The EQV combines emission-free mobility with convincing driving performance, high functionality and an aesthetic design. The battery with a usable capacity of 90 kWh enables a range of up to 418 kilometres.
“Whether for the environmentally conscious family, the recreational athlete or as a shuttle vehicle – our EQV offers superior driving performance, long range as well as a generous range of space – and all this locally emission-free” says Andreas Böger, Head of Sales of New Vehicles Mercedes-Benz Transporter and Vans Germany, at the start of sales of the EQV.
The EQV 300: Electrically and intelligently connected
The electric large-capacity sedan is following the EQC as the second model in the EQ family from Mercedes-Benz. It is offered until now with a long wheelbase and a permissible total weight of 3,500 kilograms. A connecting element of all EQ vehicles is the design with its avant-garde, independent aesthetic. The focus is on the Black Panel grille with chrome fins and the clear side view. The aesthetics of the exterior continues in the interior.
The electric drive train (eATS) is sitting on the front axle under the dynamic front. It reaches a peak power of 150 kW (204 hp). The e-machine, the fixed transmission, the cooling system and the power electronics form a highly integrated, compact unit. The energy comes from a lithium-ion battery in the underbody of the vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz EQV develops a maximum torque of up to 362 Newton meters. The maximum speed of up to 140 km/h standard and 160 km/h (option) ensures a fast pace even outside the urban environment.
The EQV is equipped with an AC water-cooled on-board charger (OBL) with an output of 11 kW. This enables the charging with alternating current (AC) at home or at public charging stations. The EQV gets charged via the CCS- vehicle socket which is placed in the bumper on the upper left side. This also enables the charging via direct current (DC). Thanks to the standard maximum charging capacity of 110 kW at a fast charging station, the EQV can be charged in around 45 minutes from 10 to 80 percent.
Due to an intelligent operation strategy the Mercedes-Benz EQV also charges its batteries while driving. In thrust or brake mode, the mechanical rotational movement is converted into electric energy and is used to charge the high-voltage battery (recuperation). The driver has a high influence on the recuperation. He is able to regulate the strength of the recuperation as needed via paddles which are located behind the steering wheel. A new feature offers a particularly efficient and comfortable driving style: recuperation level DAUTO. According to the maxim “drive ahead and save energy” information from the security assistants, the navigation system and the camera get connected and adjust the strength of the recuperation situation-specifically and in real time. In addition, four driving programs help the customer to choose individually between the maximum of comfort and the maximum of range while driving.
By placing the battery in the underbody, the full range of space is available – without any restrictions inside the vehicle. As a result, the EQV meets the highest demands in terms of functionality and variability and covers a wide range of applications. In the private field of application, for example, families benefit from the diverse seating configurations and at the same time from being locally emission-free on the road. With, for example, six individual seats, the van becomes a representative shuttle vehicle that meets all requirements for upscale passenger transport with a comfortable and particularly quiet driving experience. Thanks to the flexible installation of individual seats or benches, the EQV can also be converted into a 7- or even 8-seater.
The EQ specific development of the multimedia system MBUX is another highlight. In the high-resolution 10.25-inch media display, the main menu contains the EQ tile as a central access point to the specific displays and settings. These include: limiting the charging current, setting the departure time for pre-air conditioning and displaying the energy flow and consumption histogram In addition, the media display also allows navigation and Mercedes me Charge functions as well as the driving programs to be operated. One of MBUX’s strengths is an intelligent voice control with natural speech comprehension, which is activated with the keyword “Hey Mercedes”. Voice control supports many infotainment functions (e.g. Target input, air conditioning)). MBUX also plays to its strengths beyond the vehicle in conjunction with the Mercedes me app. From the living room or office, EQV drivers can plan their destinations, enter a departure time and bring the interior to the desired temperature.
The navigation with Electric Intelligence connects the current battery charge status, weather data and information about the charging infrastructure, automatically calculating a fast and comfortable route with few charging stops and short charging times. Fast charging stations are also preferably chosen for a comfortable travel.
Mercedes me Charge provides an easy access to an charging infrastructure network which is located all over Europe. The charging process can be started, stopped and paid comfortable via the Mercedes me app, the charging card or via the media display in the vehicle. This also enables the access to the Ionity fast-charging network with a discounted charging tariff.
The EQV will be integrated as a production vehicle into the normal production process of the plant in Vitoria in northern Spain, where the V-Class and the Mercedes-Benz Vito are also produced. This enables flexible and synergic production in direct correlation with customer demand.
The EQV 300 is available for start-up as a standard version or as an AVANTGARDE line with long wheelbase. An EQV Design-Package Exterior and an EQV Design-Package Interior are also available as an option.
In terms of price, the EQV starts gross at EUR 71,388.10 (incl. 19% VAT). Included is a maintenance package for four years – which covers the cost of maintenance work according to the service booklet and manufacturer specifications during this period – as well as the Mercedes-Benz battery certificate up to 160,000 km or eight years. Also included in the purchase price are the Mercedes me remote and navigation services with a term of 36 months as well as the Mercedes me Charge function and the Ionity membership for twelve months each.