Mercedes EQC and EQA: There’s been plenty of talk about Mercedes’ upcoming electric car in the media, and some have even speculated that it could be the most affordable EV on the market when it comes out in 2019. But where did it come from? What’s its name? And what do people mean when they say EQC and EQA? In this guide, we’ll answer all your questions about this new addition to the Mercedes line-up so you can be informed and prepared when your local dealership starts taking pre-orders in a few months.
The Engine-Mercedes EQC and EQA:
As Tesla has proven, electric motors are reliable, quiet, and powerful enough to move your vehicle at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. That’s good news for drivers looking for a change from traditional gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles. Electric motors have become more efficient than ever before. Electric motors can get you moving faster than previous generations of electric cars, but they’re still not as fast as their gas-powered counterparts. (However, fuel efficiency means you spend less money on power.) To bring some innovation to an otherwise traditional design element of car engines—the gasoline engine—car manufacturers like Mercedes and Volvo are now turning to solid-state battery technology to power electric vehicles that can accelerate quickly while emitting zero emissions.
The Interior-Mercedes EQC and EQA:
Like many other vehicle manufacturers, Mercedes has long been a proponent of in-car infotainment systems, offering its own software for use on its vehicles. The company’s latest systems are called MBUX and are now being rolled out across its entire model line. However, you can only find MBUX in select models so far. New to Mercedes is a sleek design language with soft lines and large expanses of glass which makes for an incredibly open feel inside, more akin to what you’d expect from a Tesla Model X than something that costs around $75,000 like an entry-level C class. One caveat worth noting: while Apple CarPlay is supported by MBUX, Android Auto isn’t—yet.
Both of these new cars from Mercedes-Benz are designed to be electric vehicles. And both are designed with performance in mind. They look similar because they are based on one another; in fact, technically speaking, there is no difference between them. The only major aesthetic differences (besides color) are a redesigned front grille for each model; otherwise, it’s basically just a question of powertrain design on each version.
Mercedes’ upcoming lineup has two electric vehicles that are similar in size, shape, and (ostensibly) price. But they aren’t actually that similar when you get down to brass tacks. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is an SUV, while its sibling—the Mercedes-Benz EQA—is a sedan. The plan is for them to hit dealerships in 2019 as part of a new sub-brand dedicated to battery electric vehicles. There will be other models too, but for now, we know about these two SUVs.
The Mercedes EQ range of vehicles is set to be one of Mercedes’ biggest game-changers since its introduction in 2014. With three fully electric offerings, including a large SUV which was previewed earlier in 2018, Mercedes is shaking up its business strategy as it looks toward a more sustainable future.
The numbers suggest that there will be almost 1 million electric cars on our roads by 2022, meaning that there’s never been a better time to invest in electrification – and there’s never been a better electric car than the latest offering from Germany. A number of factors go into whether an electric vehicle can work for you; driving distance and usage are two major considerations that affect every user differently.