Mercedes-Benz EQ

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Mercedes-Benz EQ
Sub-brand
IndustryAutomotive industry
Founded2016
ProductsPlug-in electric vehicles
ParentMercedes-Benz
WebsiteMercedes-Benz EQ

Mercedes-Benz EQ is an upcoming family of battery electric vehicles to be manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. The first model was previewed at the Paris Motor Show in 2016 with the Generation EQ concept vehicle.[1] Mercedes-Benz intends to produce ten EQ models by 2022, three of which will have the Smart brand, representing between 15% and 25% of the company's global sales. All of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle design and production efforts will target the EQ family.

Mercedes-Benz EQC, the first member of the EQ family, was presented at a special event in Stockholm.

Family[edit]

Mercedes-Benz intends to design and manufacture ten EQ models by 2022,[2] all of which will be based on a single platform developed specifically for electric drivetrains, and which can be configured for any type of vehicle owing to modularization.[3][4] Three models will have the Smart brand.[5]

Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG, stated that the new brand will consist of all Mercedes-Benz "electrification efforts", with a goal of having it represent between 15% and 25% of global sales for the company by 2025, dependent on "the continued development of infrastructure and customer preferences".[3] Jurgen Schenk, a director of Daimler who will oversee the development of the electric vehicle program, stated that the company expects energy density improvements to battery technology to be about 14% per year until 2025, equivalent to improvements seen between 2010 and 2016.[3]

To meet production targets, Daimler AG intends to invest 1 billion for capital expansion projects of its global battery production,[3][6] half of which will be dedicated to its Deutsche ACCUmotive subsidiary lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities in Kamenz, Germany.[2] This is part of the company's investment of up to €10 billion for the design and development of electric vehicles.[5]

The vehicles will use the Combined Charging System,[3] a wall charger, or an optional wireless inductive charging system.

EQC[edit]

Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes-Benz EQC, Paris Motor Show 2018, IMG 0599.jpg
Overview
Production2019 (planned)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact luxury SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutDual motor all-wheel drive
Powertrain
Battery80 kWh lithium ion
Electric range450 km (280 mi)

The EQC, the production version of the Generation EQ concept, is the first EQ model.[3] It was unveiled in Stockholm, Sweden on 4 September 2018. It is a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) scheduled for release in 2019.[3]

The vehicle has two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle.[1] It is all-wheel drive and has a power output of 300 kW (402 hp) and 765 N⋅m (564 lb⋅ft).[1] The battery is floor-mounted and has an estimated range of 450 km (280 mi).

Concept EQA[edit]

Rear view at IAA 2017

Mercedes-Benz previewed the second EQ model with the unveiling of the Concept EQA at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is a compact car scheduled for release in 2020.[7]

Others[edit]

An electric car "at the level" of the S-Class sedan, dubbed EQS, is scheduled for production around 2020.[8] A lower-ranking electric EQE sedan more comparable to the C-Class is to be produced in 2022.[9] The EQB is expected to be a crossover. Another SUV next to the EQC is also excepted to join the family. An electrified small van should be launched in the next few years wearing the EQV badge.[10]

Smart EQ[edit]

In March 2018, the three all-electric Smart models where rebranded to use the EQ brand, Smart EQ Fortwo, Smart EQ Fortwo Cabrio and the Smart EQ Forfour.

EQ hybrids[edit]

In addition to the EQ models, the EQ brand will be extended to the EQ Boost name being given to Mercedes-Benz models using the 48 volt mild hybrid system, while the third-generation of plug-in hybrids due from the end of 2018 will wear EQ Power badges.[10] The new system mates a nine-speed automatic with the electric motor and clutch in the same unit, promising both considerably longer range in electric mode (up to 49 km) and a slightly faster 140 km/h top speed.[11]

Trademark[edit]

In March 2017, Chinese automaker Chery filed a complaint with the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce in China regarding the use of 'EQ', as Chery was using the name 'eQ' for an electric version of its QQ3 city car since 2015.[12] The dispute was resolved in July 2017, with Chery retaining the rights to use 'eQ' with numerical models and Mercedes-Benz to use 'EQ' with alphabetical models.[13]

Mercedes-Benz has trademarked the terms EQA, EQB, EQE, and EQS.[14]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hall, Emme (29 September 2016). "Mercedes-Benz jump starts new EQ brand with Generation EQ concept". CNet. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Behrmann, Elizabeth (29 March 2017). "Mercedes hastens electric-car shift as combustion era fades". Bloomberg. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bubbers, Matt (8 November 2016). "For decades the future of electric vehicles has seemed a few years away". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. ^ Savov, Vlad (29 September 2016). "Mercedes launches EQ brand with electric SUV concept". The Verge. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Daimler to invest 10 billion euros in electric vehicles - paper". Yahoo! News. Reuters. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (31 October 2016). "Mercedes will launch 10 electric cars by 2025". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  7. ^ Kable, Greg (7 September 2017). "Mercedes EQ A electric hatchback previewed ahead of Frankfurt". Autocar. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Mercedes-Benz to launch ultra-luxurious EQ S electric saloon in 2020". Autocar.
  9. ^ "Mercedes to launch EQ saloon instead of electric C-Class". Autocar.
  10. ^ a b https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mercedes/eq/104513/mercedes-to-launch-10-all-electric-models-by-2022
  11. ^ "Mercedes pulls PHEVs from production to make way for third-gen tech". Autocar.
  12. ^ Spring, Jack (23 March 2017). "China's Chery files trademark complaint against Mercedes over green car brand". Reuters. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ Pleskot, Kelly (17 July 2017). "Mercedes-Benz cleared to use EQ name for electric cars". Motor Trend. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  14. ^ James Gilboy (16 May 2018). "Daimler Files Tsunami of Trademarks in Advance of 'EQ' EV Debut". The Drive. Retrieved 20 September 2018.

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