On Friday, Kolesa.ru talked about the embarrassment that hit the Porsche Taycan Turbo electric sedan in the US market: the EPA-certified power reserve on a single charge was an average of 323 km – less than the much more affordable Nissan Leaf hatchback (363 km). Then, trying to understand how things are with the EPA rating of other German electric vehicles, we visited the American site Mercedes-Benz, but did not find the desired figure for the EQC crossover there. There is no EPA website either, which means that the crossover is not yet certified in the USA, although prices were announced in November – from $ 67,900.
On Saturday, EQC completely disappeared from the consumer brand website in the United States! Probably, Daimler was pushed to such a step by the wide publicity of the low EPA rating from Porsche. Taycan, regardless of the modification, is equipped with 93.4 kWh batteries, while the Mercedes-Benz EQC has a battery even 80 kWh less. In general, there is every reason to suspect that the EPA rating for the Mercedes-Benz electric crossover will be below the psychological mark of 200 miles (322 km), which, frankly, is not very good for the image of the premium model.
In Europe, the acceptance of orders for EQC started back in May, but here the manufacturer carefully disguises the actual mileage on a single charge – the German consumer website gives only the value according to the outdated NEDC measurement method: from 445 to 471 km depending on the configuration. Since the fall of this, all new models in Europe have been certified for a more realistic driving WLTP, but Daimler has certified its EQC before, and now as a military secret it is protected by its WLTP efficiency (probably this figure is at the disposal of the concern). Again, in order not to embarrass the consumer, who has more and more choices – the EQC’s WLTP range in its current form is likely to be less than 400 km.
It was announced to American dealers that sales of the Mercedes-Benz EQC were postponed for at least a year, that is, until 2021, due to the high demand for the model in Europe – the corresponding statement from the manufacturer cites the publication Automotive News. Meanwhile, open data from carsalesbase.com suggests that real crossover sales in Europe began in September – 212 units were sold. October result – 271 pcs. To the boom demand, to put it mildly, it does not seem so far …
The release of the EQC is organized at a plant in Bremen, Germany, where the GLC cross-platform crossovers are produced. Automotive News reports that soon the plant will double the production of electric vehicles to 200 units a day or 50 thousand a year, and then, supposedly, there will be enough cars for Europe and the USA (crossovers of local assembly will be sold in China).
We dare to assume that by the time of the real debut in the USA, that is, by 2021, the EQC will receive a more capacious battery than the one that is currently produced by the Accumotive subsidiary in German Kamenetz (that is, 80 kWh), otherwise access to the American market it just won’t make sense – competitors have better technical specifications.
It is possible that the launch of the EQC in the United States will be completely canceled, and instead, the electric first-born of the Mercedes-Benz brand in the United States will be the large EQS sedan, which was originally designed as an electric car and will receive a 100 kWh battery. As for the EQC, its compromise design, which has many vestiges from soplatform models with ICEs, honestly, does not allow calling this electric car an engineering masterpiece – too heavy (curb weight 2495 kg), with a small ground clearance (97 mm with load) and without additional trunk in front, like any “normal” electric car. The dynamic characteristics against the background of other analogs are not amazing either: two electric motors with a total power of 300 kW (408 hp) accelerate the crossover to 100 km / h in 5.1 s, and the maximum speed is 180 km / h.
In Russia, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, by the way, was also promised, but without specific deadlines. So far, Mercedes-Benz RUS JSC has certified only a batch of 150 copies – OTTS has been operating on them since October 25 this year.