Mercedes previews future electric van at Geneva

With a design inspired by the EQC and V-Class, the Concept EQV electric MPV comes with a 248-mile range

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Mercedes-Benz has previewed an all-electric van-based premium MPV concept at this week’s Geneva motor show.

Called the Concept EQV, it features a 100kWh battery to allow for 248 miles of zero-emission driving, with a motor mounted on the front axle developing 203hp – helping the van get up to speeds of 99mph.

Mercedes claims the EQV can get around 60 miles of charge by being connected to a fast charger for just 15 minutes.

The concept draws on the designs of both the Viano van/V-Class MPV and the new EQC SUV, which was the German brand’s first all-electric model under the new “EQ” umbrella. That means a large front grille with a unique light signature and chrome inserts, while 19-inch alloy wheels match up with the ‘high-tech silver’ paint finish.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV interior | The Van Expert

Inside, there is space for up to eight seats and, according to Mercedes, as the battery is mounted in the chassis interior space is uncompromised. The cabin comes with a ‘Midnight Blue’ leather finish with rose gold detailing, while blue and black nappa leather is used throughout the interior.

As with most recent Mercedes models, the EQV comes with the MBUX infotainment system that includes voice activation and stays up to date with current weather and traffic.

Wilfried Porth, Daimler board member for Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “The concept offers all of the brand-typical attributes familiar from this segment which Mercedes-Benz customers have come to know, appreciate and also expect.

“As a family companion, a leisure-time adventurer or a shuttle vehicle with lounge ambience, the combination of these characteristics with a battery- electric drive mean the Concept EQV is a concept car with a future. And so we’re particularly excited that we will soon be able to offer a series-production model on the basis of this concept.”

Mercedes says that the EQV will provide inspiration for an all-electric production van that will be shown for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show this September.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV rear | The Van Expert

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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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