The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA is the company’s first all-electric EQ concept vehicle in the compact segment.
Showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA has an electric motor at the front axle and one at the rear, with a system output of over 200 kW. The drive characteristics can be altered by selecting Sport or Sport Plus, which can vary the permanent all-wheel drive’s front to rear torque distribution.
The Concept EQA has a range of around 250 miles, depending on the battery capacity installed, and a 0-62mph acceleration time of around five seconds.
The lithium-ion battery with pouch cells is supplied by the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. With their modular design, the battery systems have a model-specific total capacity of over 60 kWh.
The Concept EQA can be charged via induction or wallbox and is also ready for rapid charging. At a rapid charging station the Concept EQA can be charged sufficiently in less than 10 minutes to deliver a range of around 60 miles.
The new EQ electric mobility brand aims to offer a comprehensive electric mobility ecosystem of products, services, technologies and innovations. The spectrum ranges from electric vehicles and wallboxes to charging services and home energy storage units. The name EQ stands for “Electric Intelligence” and Mercedes says that the new brand encompasses all key aspects for customer-focused electric mobility and extends beyond the vehicle itself. This means that it should be easy for customers to charge their electric vehicles at any charging station and to pay without having to register for various different portals or hold a range of different charging cards – something that Green Car Guide has been pressing for since mainstream electric cars first appeared.
Mercedes-Benz is planning to introduce energy storage units to work with cordless induction charging systems or a wallbox. Households that have their own photovoltaic system and which store their surplus solar power in a Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit can benefit from a green source of power that is independent of the energy market.
In spring 2017 Daimler AG became lead investor in the US charging solution provider ChargePoint Inc. The aim of this strategic investment is to significantly expand the portfolio in the area of intelligent charging solutions and to provide the customer with an all-embracing, premium electric mobility service. Currently offering more than 33,000 charging spots, ChargePoint is the world’s leading provider in the electric mobility charging solutions segment and is the market leader in the USA. The plan is to expand the business to the European market.
The first series-produced model of the new EQ product brand, the EQC, is set to be produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen from 2019. It is based on the Concept EQ exhibited in Paris last year.