Mercedes readies first Tesla rival in US$12b attack plan

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"Only 24 hours to go until we turn on the spotlights".

He asserted he failed to think about anyone of Tesla's three existing versions as an immediate business rival to the EQC, that was Mercedes' initial release as SUVs have discovered prefer with clients recently, with their development outpacing different vehicle kinds.

An illustration of the EQC powertrain. It will have a battery pack of 70 kilowatt-hours.

Mercedes has previously revealed a few EQ concept vehicles, starting with the Generation EQ concept SUV, at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Positioned as the first vehicle built under the firm's technology brand EQ, the EQC is an all-electric SUV with a claimed range of 280 miles.

Embracing the paradigm shift in the automotive world that clearly favours electric vehicles (EV), Mercedes-Benz has revealed its first-ever production-ready EV christened EQC at a gala event in Stockholm, Sweden.

Mercedes readies first Tesla rival in US$12b attack plan
Mercedes readies first Tesla rival in US$12b attack plan

It's the most hotly anticipated Mercedes-Benz model this year, especially for the budding new age of consumers who are more concerned about saving the planet than outright speed or shows of luxury. Two 10.3-inch screens, part of the MBUX infotainment system, dominates the dashboard with a host of features including voice control.

Mercedes-Benz says the interface will be able to learn and predict driver tendencies, such as frequent destinations and radio station choices, and make suggestions based on them.

When it comes to design, Mercedes-Benz has capitalized on cleaning up vents and reducing drag as there is no longer a need for cooling a conventional engine. The EQC shares a wheelbase with the conventionally powered (or hybrid) GLC, but it's a little shorter, thinner, and ever-so-slightly less tall.

Underneath it all is a pair of asynchronous motors providing all-wheel drive, fed by an 80kWh lithium-ion battery. The I-Pace can swallow up an 80 percent charge (about 72 kWh) in 40 minutes on a 100-kilowatt charger, which the Mercedes takes in a mere 60 percent charge (about 48 kWh) from a stronger 110-kilowatt charger in the same period.

Tesla remains the most well-known electric vehicle maker, but with more and more premium manufacturers launching rivals to the Model S, Model X and Model 3, it'll likely be looking nervously over its shoulder.

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