Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first all-electric car at an event in Stockholm, Sweden. The car is called Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4MATIC
The Mercedes-Benz EQC is an electric SUV, which can go run up to 200 miles on a single charge. It will go on sale in the United States (US) in 2020.
The initial concept was announced at the Paris Motor Show about two years ago.
Mercedes-Benz head Dieter Zetsche called the car a “dawn of a new era” for the company.
The car has a battery range of 200 miles. The 80kWh battery pack can go from 10% to 80% in 40 minutes with DC fast chargers.
The EQC can go from 0 to 60mph in less than five seconds.
The company has not announced the price yet, but they will start making the car in Germany in 2019. They plan to manufacture the car in China and the US after a while.
It uses Mercedes-Benz’s new MBUX user interface and infotainment system and comes with two 10.25inch digital displays. It has heated seats, rose-gold accents, and adaptive headlights.
The MBUX is the automaker’s own voice assistant, which will create a new experience for drivers. The system can adjust the temperature in the car, send text messages, and provide location assistance, all through voice command.
The system is smart enough to respond to indirect commands like “Hey Mercedes, I’m cold.”
The EQC is aimed at the luxury market. When the SUV is launched in 2020, it will compete with electric vehicles from Tesla, BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Jaguar.
Mercedes-Benz has been focusing on making its cars more electric. The company already makes hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, but the EQC is its first fully electric car.
In related news, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, announced that it will install charging stations for electric cars at three luxury hotel groups in Thailand.
News source: The Verge