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Mercedes’s New Electric Minivan Beats Tesla & VW to Market

We have heard talk of an electric minivan before– Tesla has flirted with the idea, and Volkswagen teased us with an electric vision of the VW bus, but up until now none have gotten close to market.  Mercedes-Benz is taking the leap into that niche with the upcoming release of its 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQV.  With 250 miles of range and a comfortable ride, this Mercedes electric minivan is poised to hit the ground running in this corner of the market.

Mercedes EQV Electric Minivan

We first saw the Concept EQV at the Geneva Motor Show back in March of this year. The automaker wasted no time in coming out with a production model.  It will be displayed for the public at this year’s International Motor Show in mid-September. 

So what should we expect with this electric minivan?  For starters, it is a spacious eight-seater, with plenty of room for seating customization and storage.  Its electric motor has a peak power output of 150 kW and a top speed of 99 mph (160 kph). 

Its interior technology is pretty impressive, too.  The Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX, is Mercedes’ infotainment system. Its 10-inch media display will offer users a variety of options and customizable settings to choose from.  This includes things such as the charging current, departure time, and energy flow and consumption.  The voice-controlled UI can adjust the climate control and lighting as well as route phone calls, music, text messages, and provide the weather forecast. 

The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Marcus Breitschwerdt, had this to say about the EQV:

“Our MPVs meet the highest standards in terms of functionality and variability. The EQV also does not compromise in this respect. It offers comfortable handling, dynamic electro-aesthetics, intuitive operation and generous space – and all locally emissions-free. This means that it offers all of the typical qualities of the brand and segment that our customers expect, whether as a family car or a shuttle vehicle with a lounge-like character.”

The Battery

Like many other electric vehicles, the battery pack of the EQV is centrally floor-mounted.  The 100 kWh battery has a maximum of 90 kWh usable capacity and can provide roughly 250 miles (405 kilometers) of range on a single charge.  It comes with an 11 kW onboard charger and is fast-charge compatible. 

If charging on a public 110 kWh fast charger, the Mercedes EQV should be able to charge up to 80 percent of its capacity in about 45 minutes.  If charging on an AC charger, the minivan will reach a full charge in about 10 hours. 

While pricing and availability are not yet known, such details for the Mercedes EQV will likely be released soon.

One comment

  1. I think the EQV is a separate category as compared to the Tesla X.

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