Mercedes-Benz reveals 2020 EQC

Gladys Abbott
September 7, 2018

Establishing electric cars would help Daimler move beyond concerns over its diesel vehicles. Hence to underscore the shift and meet the stringent emission standards, Mercedes has made plans to invest 1 billion euros on battery production for fueling its EV models, further creating a network of eight production facilities globally.

Mercedes-Benz has kicked off its electric vehicle offensive with this - the EQC.

By one estimate, from the analysts at LMC Automotive, about 12 percent of electric cars on the world's roads are from Tesla. Up to this point, there have been very few true luxury offerings in the electric vehicle segment, and Tesla's products (despite the big screens and interesting equipment) aren't quite on par - and the EQC is a model that's looking to change that.

Mercedes is not just aiming at Tesla, but competing against every other luxury brand with an all-electric vehicle on the market or coming to market.

This production-ready EV (electric vehicle) is just the latest in a line of electric cars from premium manufacturers to launch this year, with the likes of BMW, Audi and Jaguar also unveiling gas-free options.

Mercedes may also be thinking, "If you can't beat them, join them". Cloaked in a visually stunning body created from carbon fibre, extreme levels of technology and functional design define the PF0, delivering a staggering performance for a road auto: a stated ambition to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in less than two seconds, break the 400 kmph top speed barrier, and provide a potential zero-emissions range of over 500 km.

At the front, large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille adds to the class. An LED light strip connects the headlights.

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According to Germany-based automaker, the EQC's styling, with a low waistline and a rear roof recess, place it between an SUV and SUV-coupe in terms of looks.

Technology just took a giant leap with Mercedes-Benz rolling out a brand new fully electric vehicle to challenge Tesla.

On the inside, the EQC, as Mercedes says, features "avante-garde electro-look" with the MBUX user interface system.

Inside, louvered trim runs across the dashboard and the doors.

Mercedes will start series production of the EQC in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.

Performance: 402 hp, 564 lb. -ft.

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