Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new electric SUV, the Mercedes-Benz EQC. It is said to compete with Tesla’s cars in the market. EQC will be an all-wheel drive vehicle and reportedly has 200 miles of battery range. The concept of this SUV was presented two years ago at the Paris Motor Show.EQC, being the first of its kind for Mercedes-Benz, is under a lot of observation by the general public. People are comparing the vehicle with its best rivalry match, the Tesla Model X 75D.
One of the most significant primary features for electric cars id their battery range. The company announced it to be 300 miles on a full charge. However, track results show it to be 280 miles on full charge. It has got an 80kWh battery producing 402 horsepower. As for the top speed, it lags behind Tesla Model X 75D’s 155mph having clocked at just 112mph. Price has not been announced but it is expected to be close to Tesla Model X 75D and Jaguar I-Pace’s price.
Mercedes-Benz has gone through some serious investment into building their electric car line-up, both structurally and monetarily. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes-Benz said, “With the EQC — the first fully-electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz — we are flipping the switch.” He added, “Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future. We are therefore investing more than 10 billion Euros in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than 1 billion Euros in global battery production.”
Another comparison between Tesla and Mercedes-Benz comes to their car production line. Tesla seems to be struggling with their vehicle building and keeping up with their production promise. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz is said to use the same production line used for their C-class, GLC and GLC Coupe. Mercedes also declared that Beijing Automotive Company, a Germany-China joint venture, will start building the EQC for Chinese markets.
“One major pillar of our strategy is flexibility,” said Markus Schafer, an executive board member at Mercedes-Benz. “Our decision to produce electric vehicles on the same line as models with combustion engines enables us to respond flexibly to demand and use plant capacity to best effect. In this way, we can continue to ensure both high efficiency and top quality with well-proven production processes.”