IS MERCEDES’ latest mannequin proof that pure-electric energy is correct for a van-based folks service?
What’s the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV?
Mercedes is including a van-based multi-purpose automobile (MPV, or what we used to name a “folks service”) to its EQ electrical automobile vary. As that presently solely includes one different mannequin — the EQC premium SUV — Merc clearly determined some outdoors the box-thinking was required for its second pure-electric mannequin, in distinction to the hatchbacks, saloons and crossovers being dropped at market by different automotive makers.
The V in EQV, as you will have guessed, is derived from the V in V-Class, on which this new electrical mannequin relies. Its distinctive promoting proposition is that it’s the king of electrical automobiles relating to carrying masses, whether or not they be passengers or cargo.
How a lot can the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV carry?
As a result of the battery packs are put in underneath the ground, Mercedes says the EQV’s 1,030 litre load space is identical dimension because the lengthy wheelbase diesel V-Class, and it will probably seat as much as eight folks.
How far can the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV go on a cost?
Mercedes says the EQV ought to have the ability to go as much as 251 miles on a single cost. In addition to being one of the better single charge ranges for an electric car, it’s not far off the 259 miles vary Mercedes quotes for the EQC electrical SUV — a powerful feat, contemplating the EQV weighs an enormous three.5 tons, which is greater than a ton heavier than a protracted wheelbase V250 d AMG Line.
How rapidly does the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV recharge?
Quoted charging instances for the EQV are respectable. It will likely be in a position to obtain a most cost pace of 110kW – speedy chargers able to this are being rolled out throughout Europe now — which takes 45 minutes to cost the 90kWh battery up from 10% to 80%, in line with Mercedes.
Whereas no instances have been quoted for a 50kW cost, which is the commonest sort at UK motorway providers at this time, you possibly can absolutely replenish the EQV’s battery pack in underneath 10 hours utilizing an 11kW charger — the type that you just could possibly set up at dwelling.
What tech will the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV have?
All fashions will include a 10in infotainment show, by means of which the driving force can modify the local weather management, make telephone controls utilizing voice instructions and make use of related service instruments like real-time climate reviews.
The EQV may even include a built-in, “EQ-optimised” navigation system, which Mercedes claims can plot a route that elements how a lot cost is within the batteries. Together with extra environment friendly driving modes and “lively vary monitoring” options, the software can allegedly additionally enable the driving force to “attain the vacation spot safely even when a charging cease is missed”.
When will the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV go on sale?
Mercedes hasn’t confirmed when it will likely be bringing the EQV to the UK, although reviews have prompt orders for the zero-emissions MPV will open right here in early 2020.
How a lot will the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV value?
UK costs for the Mercedes-Benz EQV shall be revealed nearer to launch.
What are the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV’s rivals?
As a premium eight-seater electrical automotive, the EQV will just about be in a category of its personal when it goes on sale. Its closest direct rival is the Nissan e-NV200 Combi MPV, although that’s a bit smaller and never as succesful when it comes to vary. SUV options together with automobiles just like the seven-seater Tesla Mannequin X.
The EQV will face some competitors as a pure-electric business automobile: in addition to the van model of the Nissan e-NV200, the EQV may even go up in opposition to hybrid cargo carriers just like the London taxi-based LEVC TX van and the plug-in Ford Transit PHEV.
Extra EV van rivals are on the horizon, although. Ford has mentioned it is going to launch a pure-electric Transit in 2021, and Volkswagen has plans for a manufacturing model of its Campervan-inspired ID Buzz idea automotive.