Proven to be safe – the new Mercedes-Benz EQC

By CARSIFU | 12 December 2018

STUTTGART: Mercedes-Benz's first electric SUV, namely the EQC, has completed a accident safety validation at the Mercedes-Benz technology centre for vehicle safety (TFS), known as the most advanced crash test centre in the world.

Here vehicles, including prototypes with large electric batteries, have been tested under harsh crash conditions.

The result is a whole array of constructive measures which deliver the EQC's high level of crash safety:

- The battery is surrounded by a robust frame with an integral crash structure. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery, and these are able to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact.

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- The high-voltage system can also be shut down automatically in a crash, depending on its severity. A distinction is made between a reversible and an irreversible cut-off. When it is shut down the voltage in the high-voltage system outside of the battery reduces to below the safety-relevant voltage limit in a very short time.

- Another feature of the comprehensive high-voltage safety concept is that the charging process is automatically curtailed if an impact is detected when stationary at a quick-charging station (DC charging). There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually.

- Automatic activation of Mercedes-Benz emergency call to notify emergency services of the location and emergency situation and initiate rescue.

- Shutdown of the high-voltage system

- Lifting of the electrically adjustable steering column