2019 Geneva Motor Show: 'EQ' spawns Concept EQV premium MPV

By THOMAS HUONG | 5 March 2019


GENEVA: Mercedes-Benz Vans is providing an insight into the electric future of the premium MPV with the world premiere for the first purely battery-electric people mover.

It plans to release a series-production vehicle based on the Concept EQV at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Technical highlights of the vehicle include a range of up to 400km and rapid charging to enable a range of 100km within just 15 minutes. What's more, the vehicle offers the greatest possible level of comfort in its interior and maximum functionality, for example thanks to the diverse range of possible seating configurations.

Accordingly, the concept vehicle has a broad range of potential applications covered. For example, in the private sphere, families or sports enthusiasts benefit from its great functionality and variability. Meanwhile, for VIP transport tasks, the vehicle offers an impressive comprehensive range of equipment and convinces with an especially pleasant ride comfort.

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The Concept EQV is representative of the consistent development of the "EQ" technology brand.

Mercedes-Benz founded the technology brand in 2016, kicking off with the "Concept EQ". At the 2017 IAA, the "Concept EQA" followed in the compact segment. In September 2018, the brand presented its first series-production vehicle: the EQC electric drive SUV. The Concept EQV will expand the model range by a premium MPV for up to eight occupants.

The Concept EQV features a compact electric drivetrain (eATS) on the front axle with an output of 150 kW. The electric motor, the transmission with fixed transmission ratios, the cooling system and the power electronics form a compact and integral unit.

Energy is supplied by a lithium-ion battery. Thanks to a capacity of 100 kWh, a maximum range of up to 400 kilometres is realistic. It has a top speed of 160kph.

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The concept vehicle can be conveniently charged at home using a Mercedes-Benz wallbox or a regular household plug socket. If the MPV is plug into a rapid charger, it would have a 100km ranger after 15 mins of charging.

By installing the battery in the vehicle's underfloor, the entire interior space is available.

With the Concept EQV, Mercedes-Benz is offering an extremely flexible, fully-electric vehicle concept which can easily be converted to a 7 or even 8-seater with the addition of individual seats or seat benches.

“Our Concept EQV is the perfect vehicle to accommodate all forms of familiy and take plenty of gear for an emission-free ride. And it will not remain a concept for long: The series model will have its world premiere at this year’s IAA”, said Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche.

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