So, you are in the market for a 7 seat MPV and you want an electric drivetrain. Well you don’t have many options but the EQV might be just the ticket.
The EQV is the electric version of the V-Class, which in turn is the MPV version of the Vito van. So essentially the EQV is a van with seats, but that really doesn’t do it justice. Whereas most MPV’s are functional the ‘V’ is designed to appeal to executive people movers and as such it is much plusher inside and really doesn’t feel like a van.
Thanks to the cavernous dimensions, Mercedes has managed to get a 90 kWh (useable) battery pack under the floor. This is good because the EQV is a bit of a chunky monkey and needs plenty of juice to hit a sensible range. In this case the official range is 213 miles and you can expect to get somewhere between 150 miles and 213 miles in real life.
The downside of a big battery pack can be long recharging times, but you can charge at up to 110 kW at Ultra Rapid chargers, which allows a 10% – 80% charge in around 45 minutes. You can of course use the much more common 50 kW Rapid chargers as well which will take about 85 minutes. AC charging is dealt with via an 11 kW on board charger which results in a full charge in around 10 hours at a 22kW chargepoint or around 13 hours at the more common 7 kW chargepoints.
Given the physical size of this MPV, it is good to see that the CCS socket is in the front bumper which makes it easier to access Rapid/Ultra Rapid chargers. You also get an 8 metre AC charge cable which should be enough to connect to even the most awkward Fast chargepoints. Talking of parking, you get park assist and a reversing camera as standard but you need to move up the model range to get a 360 degree camera, which could pay for itself….
Speaking of money, there is no getting away from the fact that the EQV is expensive. If you are thinking of taking the plunge its best not to look at the V-Class pricelist first. At least the EQV offers Ultra Rapid charging capability, a good range, and 7 full sizes seats, which is impressive for an electric MPV.
Estimated real world range: 150 – 213 miles
Official range: 213 miles
Official electricity consumption: 289 Wh/km
Battery pack: 100 kWh (gross) 90 kWh (net) lithium ion; 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty (>70% battery remaining)
Recharge time: 7 kW charge approx 13 hours (0-100%); 11 kW charge 10 hours (0-100%); Rapid CCS 50 kW approx 1 hour 25 mins (10 – 80%); Ultra Rapid CCS 110 kW 45 minutes (10 – 80%)
Please note that CO2 emissions quoted for electric cars are not directly comparable to diesel and petrol cars. This is because CO2 emissions quoted are calculated by Green Car Guide and include the emissions created at the power station turning fuel (e.g. gas etc) into electricity and in transmitting and distributing the electricity to an end user. They do not include the actual production of the fuel (e.g. gas extraction and refinery emissions). Petrol and diesel emissions are supplied by car manufacturers and are based solely on the fuel burnt in the engine (tailpipe emissions) and do not include the production of the fuel or distribution to a fuel station. In practice this means that electric car emissions are over-estimated relative to petrol and diesel. For instance if an electric car, a petrol car, and a diesel car are all reported to emit 100 g/km CO2, the electric car actually has lower emissions.