Mercedes showed crossover EQC

Mercedes showed crossover EQC

Luxury German auto maker Mercedes has announced its first all-electric vehicle, the all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic SUV.

The auto joins models like the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace in putting pressure on Tesla as the California-based carmaker struggles to ramp up production of the Model 3 and make a profit.

But this may mark the start of a new assault from German automakers on an upstart rival: Tesla, with its current hold over the market for premium electric vehicles.

It will be the first all-electric Mercedes-Benz model in its EQ sub-brand, and will be a GLC-sized electric SUV.

Mercedes promised an official USA range a little later, closer to the market debut of the EQC 400, which is not unusual given the market-specific certification, but it will likely be a bit south of the 279-mile NEDC figure.

Interestingly, Mercedes is preparing to present its first exclusively electric model, the EQC family SUV not in Germany, but in Stockholm, Sweden.

The market for upscale electric cars is Tesla's to lose, with sales of its entry-level Model 3 sedan expected to reach about 50,000 cars this year and nearly double that in 2019.

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According to Mercedes, the EQC is classed as a crossover SUV. Take a look at the some of the new models being launched in South Africa this month.

The Mercedez EQC consumes 22.2 kWh for a 100 km ride with 0 combined Carbon dioxide emissions as per provisional figures figures released by the German Technical Service Corporation. "In this way we can continue to ensure both high efficiency and top quality with well-proven production processes".

Despite the 80kWh battery pack contributing 650kg on its own to the vehicle's 2,425kg weight, it's said to be good for a driving range on a single charge of up to 280 miles or 450km. "So, profitable growth must be part of the picture for electric mobility", he said. With Mercedes-Benz' grand plans regarding EVs in India, this could be one of the first entrants in the country from the carmaker.

Even as he targets Tesla, Zetsche praised CEO Elon Musk for making electric cars popular.

Mercedes-Benz has announced a line of electric cars called the Mercedes EQ.

Speaking of energy, the 80-kWh battery places the EQC a little south of the competition, which will include the Jaguar i-Pace with its 90-kWh battery and Audi e-tron with its 95-kWh battery. The vehicle can be charged at home via regular power point or a Mercedes-Benz installed Wallbox for increased speed.

Daimler plans to offer 10 fully electric cars by 2022, abandoning combustion-engine run vehicles.

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