Mercedes to launch an all-electric vehicle in challenge to Tesla

Eileen GuzmanSep 08, 2018

Mercedes-Benz is starting production of its first long-range BEV in 2019.

The power from the battery is used by the two electric motors to spin the wheels with speeds of only 180 km/h (112 mph), because Mercedes electronically capped the top speed to that value for some reason. In the more economical driving modes, the haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve power plays an important role.

The company meant to invest 10 billion euros ($12 billion) in its electric-vehicle push but has ended up spending "more than that", he said, without specifying figures.

Permission to land: The Jaguar I-Pace will be Tesla's first big rival.

The EQC will also include Mercedes-Benz's new user interface, MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience), which features a digital instrument panel and touchscreen. As far as we know it will be introduced in a Australia at some point, likely late next year. EQ stands for "Electric Intelligence by Mercedes-Benz", which, whether it was intentionally copied or not, sounds a lot like emotional intelligence.

Tesla Model X is the only three-row all-electric SUV in three different battery configurations.

Mercedes revealed on Tuesday how "aggressively" gunning for leading place in current battery autos marketplace presently dominated by Tesla, since it released the EQC, the primary utterly electric vehicle, at a conference in Stockholm.

"There's no question that Mercedes as a brand is a premium, luxury brand; albeit with a very wide production portfolio going all the way from the A-Class to our S-Class flagship", Kallenius says.

As further detailed over at Hot Hardware, the EQC SUV will come in similar size with the company's earlier GLC crossover.

The new EQC has a WLTP range of 249 miles - thanks to an 80Kwh battery - and develops 408PS.

It's all-electric, although this isn't even Mercedes' first battery-powered vehicle.

Audi on Monday began production of its e-Tron SUV ahead of a September 17 sales launch jamboree in San Francisco, just 40 miles from Tesla's Fremont assembly plant.

The Audi claims super-fast charging with an 80 per cent top-up in just 30 minutes. Prices are yet to be confirmed. The Ioniqs will have a much shorter range and will be more urban focused. The urban runabout is the highest selling EV in the world but it failed to generate many sales the first time down under.

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