Mercedes-Benz reveals all-electric EQV MPV

The second EV in Mercedes’ EQ line-up has been revealed, with a 250-mile range claimed

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the second model in its all-electric EQ range in the form of the EQV.

The production version of the EQV follows the thinly-disguised Concept EQV model that was shown at the Geneva motor show earlier this year.

Unlike the EQC SUV model that was also launched this year, the EQV is not an all-new platform and is based on the existing V-Class, which is the passenger version of the Vito van.

The MPV’s electric powertrain makes 204hp (or 150kW, since electric motors tend to be measured using the metric system) and is powered by a 90kWh lithium-ion battery, which is stored beneath the floor to maximise interior space.

The EQV is said to be capable of covering 250 miles on a single charge, and can be recharged from 10% to 80% “in less than an hour” at a fast-charging station.

Though global markets will have the option of two wheelbases, the UK will only get the extra-long wheelbase version which is fitted with eight seats as standard.

It’s also likely that the EQV’s powertrain will eventually find its way into a Vito panel van model aimed at urban deliveries, so watch this space for further announcements.

EQV promises high level of refinement

The EQV will use Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system, which is adapted for all-electric vehicles to show information such as charge levels and energy flow. Its sat nav can also locate nearby public charging points.

UK trim levels have yet to be revealed, but each version looks set to receive 18-inch alloy wheels and air suspension, along with design details to distinguish it as an all-electric EQ model.

Marcus Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “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.”

Pricing will be revealed closer to launch, but expect the EQV to be available from around £60,000 when sales begin next spring.

Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttp://www.thecarexpert.co.uk
Stuart is the Editorial Director of The Van Expert, which came about after the success of sister site The Car Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help vehicle buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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