The market debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQV will be held in the second half of this year.
The polygon in the Swedish town of Arjeplog near the Arctic circle is a popular platform for testing of new cars in extreme cold, in the snow and frozen lakes. It is here that Mercedes decided to spend one of the last cycles of testing models, which he calls the world’s first electric premium minivan.
The team at Mercedes-Benz Vans, numbering more than three dozen engineers, mechanics and specialists in the electronics, checked the effect of frost on handling, ergonomics and comfort of an electric V-class. Also tested the behavior of the system quick 110-kilowatt charging, which should restore the 80-percent energy reserve in around 45 minutes, regardless of climatic conditions. The company said that the new product has successfully coped with all the challenges, stressing that due to its location in the bottom of the rechargeable Li-ion battery electrovan confidently behaves even in deep snow and on slippery ice.
EQV will come to the world market in the second half of this year and will be the second – after the crossover EQC – model sub-brand Mercedes-Benz EQ. World premiere of production-ready electric car was held last fall at the Frankfurt motor show, was revealed all the key features. The minivan will be available with two variants of length of the body and the two wheel bases to choose from, the salon will be six-, seven – or eight -. The only modification index EQV 300 will get mounted on the front axle of the motor output of 204 HP and 362 Nm, allowing to reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h Battery capacity consumed by 90 kilowatt-hours should be enough for 417-418 km on the NEDC cycle. The equipment will include driver interface MBUX with voice control and specific electric settings.
In addition EQV, who will join electroweak eVito and eSprinter, Mercedes-Benz will release this year’s electric crossover EQA. Later the lineup will add to the EQB model, EQS, EQE, and even EQG – “green” analog of the legendary Gel?ndewagen.