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Mercedes-Benz EQC is a monumental EV debut

Mercedes-Benz EQC is a monumental EV debut

10/27/2021 5:59:00 PM

Mercedes-Benz EQC is a monumental EV debut

We\u2019re a little late to explore Mercedes-Benz \u2019s first attempt at a pure electric, mass production vehicle. The new Mercedes-Benz EQC is a big, burly SUV, roughly equivalent in size and price to the current GLE model. This in turn is the modern-day evolution of Mercedes\u2019\u00a0debut SUV, the ML, which launched...

still ape their elder siblings, but the imitation is paler and the flattery less sincere. The EQC’s unassuming exterior is countered by a very stylish cabin design, dominated by a dashboard-wide screen that feels sufficiently futuristic. Refinement is top notch, although there’s no disguising the weight of the batteries over bumps and rough roads. At a shade under 260 miles, the range is best described as adequate, although fast-charge compatibility with the expanding IONITY network will ease the inevitable range anxiety (many owners will doubtless have access to their own charge box).

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In the meantime, you get the satisfying feeling of boosting driving efficiency through the paddle-mounted regeneration function – click to increase the amount of kinetic energy the brakes pump back into the batteries. There’s also an array of sensor-driven systems that will automatically eke out as much battery life as possible, sifting through data from satnav, radar systems and speed limit info and making the necessary invisible adjustments.

For the time being, switching to electric is still a consumer choice, but it won’t be for very much longer. More affordable EVs are appearing all the time, although in the world of Mercedes, even its smallest electriccarstend to have premium prices. Mercedes is a strong player in mass-market luxury, and its broad sweep of EVs should retain the prestige (and price) the marque has always commanded.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC might be full of advanced technology, but it still commands attention like a traditional brawny SUV, not a mobility pioneer. § Read more: Wallpaper* »

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