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Re: 2019 Mercedes Concept EQ, to be Alabama-built by 2020

Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:57 pm

KeiJidosha wrote:
EVDRIVER wrote:The entire drive is bulky and is designed like an ICE. There is no storage up front and there also a long column into the cabin further wasting space. What where they thinking?

Update article makes just that point. Not a Clean sheet design;

"First of all, the EQC inherits from the GLC, so the German manufacturer was limited to a non-ground-up build.

Translation, another modified conversion after many years of not fully engaging on EVs. I can tell you first hand that I have been privy to their EV development philosophy and they need to be pushed to take any steps to an Ev commitment. The packaging on this car is terrible, it seems they are simply trying to reuse as much as possible. They do not listen to the market and they are very focused on incremental steps based on market fear. Their EV development has been going on for longer than you may think and after many years this it their big reveal for the future. Clearly they could have done much better but it is pretty disappointing at many levels based on the length of time they have been experimenting in this space.

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Re: 2019 Mercedes Concept EQ, to be Alabama-built by 2020

Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:40 pm

Mercedes Now Says 200-Mile Range Estimate For EQC Isn’t Correct

Range should be equal to its competitors.

When the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC launched yesterday, there was a palpable sense of disappointment among many observers. Instead of focusing on the fact that a significant player was launching a brand new all-electric vehicle in the popular crossover category, much of the surrounding discussion was focused its range, which was given in press materials as “up to 200 miles.” Turns out that number should have been higher. Oops

Contacted by Green Car Reports, Mercedes spokesperson Michael Minielly advised that the 200-mile figure was a not right. Said he to the publication,

    “Our colleagues in Stuttgart have advised us that the preliminary estimated range figure for the EQC of 200 miles for the U.S. market is incorrect. For now, we ask that you please use the 450-km NEDC figure (approximately 279 miles). The official U.S. range will be communicated closer to market launch. . . .“

Our own Mark Kane, familiar with how the different testing systems correspond with each other, estimates that the EQC will be given an EPA rating of approximately 222 miles. Seeing as the battery-powered Benz has an 80-kWh battery (usable — the actual capacity is probably around 90 kWh) and its efficiency stated as 22.2 kWh per 100 km (62 miles), we feel that this reinforces our estimate. . . .
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