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Mercedes launches all-electric EQC in Ireland

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 4:41pm

With the words ‘Electric now has a Mercedes’, EQC – the first of a family of electric- powered vehicles being launched by the luxury carmaker over the next two years – has been introduced to the Irish market ahead of its autumn sales launch.

Conveying more than a hint of the research and care that went into the task of establishing its new EQ division and bringing the EQC to market, its arrival heralds the beginning of a drive towards alternative energy vehicles by the Stuttgart manufacturer – one that PA Consultants predicts will make them leader in the electric vehicle segment by 2021.

Flicking the switch on a mid-sized SUV whose design is inspired by the latest Mercedes- Benz GLC model, EQC is said by Ciaran Allen, Sales Manager for Mercedes passenger vehicles in Ireland, to have been “conceived to meet all the requirements for a battery-electric drive system whilst meeting every demand in terms of contemporary, sustainable mobility”.

“Trailblazer for what will be a growing family of all-electric vehicles to come from Mercedes-Benz under its EQ branding, other models in a 10 vehicle pipeline scheduled to launch here between now and 2022 are an EQV personnel carrier, EQA, EQB, EQS and EQE models based on their current petrol-diesel equivalents, and others yet to be announced,” Mr Allen said.

Heading the model offering will be an EQC 400 4-Matic, 300Kw/408hp model whose price begins at €89,450 – some €3,445 and €10,800 lower than its two main rivals.

Though exceedingly well specified, it can be further enhanced with an AMG exterior (bringing the price to €91,897), AMG electric art interior (€92,713) and with full AMG exterior and interior fitments (€93,546).

Partnering its introduction will be a fully specified EQC Edition 1886 version – a model some believe will become a collectors’ item. Listed at €105,882, its purchase price reduces by €10,000 to €95,882 when SEAI grant and VRT tax rebate are deducted.

Delightfully finished in what Mercedes-Benz calls ‘metallic, high-tech silver’ and subtly furnished with 1886 adornments, the Edition 1886 model recalls the year in which Karl Benz brought motoring to the world with his famed Benz patent motorwagen invention.

First shown as a ‘close-to-production’ concept vehicle at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, EQC is the sum of its attributes in matters of comfort, quality and operating range.

With combined power consumption of 22.2 kWh/100km and an eco-pleasing emissions figure of zero, EQC has the additional headline feature of having a range of more than 450kms.

Its powerful electric drive system is driven by two electric motors mounted at each axle, front and rear, whose system output can be increased thanks to scalable battery components.

Standard battery power is 80kWh. Power output is 408hp/765Nm delivering an acceleration figure of 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds. A permanent all-wheel-drive system delivers the guarantee of dynamic high-level performance.

Designers have given it a distinctive and pioneering avant-garde electric look reflected in its silver finish, sweeping grille and dynamic, sporty, stretched silhouette marked by a flowing transition from front to rear. Striking at the front is its large black-panel surface and torch-like, fibre optic daytime running lamps.

A pre-climatisation feature means no scraping ice in winter and no perspiration in summer, and for those who go towing, a trailer coupling is available on request, the maximum towing capacity set at 1,800 kg.

Its lithium-ion battery – for which a standard home charging system, a grant-supported overnight charging ‘wallbox’ system, or a fast, rapid-charging system to bring power up from 10 to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes are available – comes with an eight years or 160,000kms factory guarantee.

Stringent additional safety requirements for the battery and all components carrying electrical current have also been introduced. Battery recuperation is also possible using gearshift paddles located behind the steering wheel. Extended service plans are also available.

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