With the Concept EQ, Mercedes-Benz intends to show how electric cars can soon move into the fast lane. The concept vehicle, with the appearance of a sporty SUV, previews a new generation of electric vehicles from the German automaker. Here are its top five features.
The monolithic basic form of the concept combines the genes of an SUV with the flowy lines of a coupe and a dash of shooting brake at the rear end. Digging deeper in to the details, the concept EQ has barely visible body panel joints, concealed wipers, cameras instead of exterior mirrors and absence of conventional door handles. Additionally, the broad shoulders and large 21-inch alloy wheels add to the high riding stance.
Driver oriented cockpit
The driver-oriented cockpit is based on simple, touch-based controls with a new electro-look reflecting the exterior styling. The asymmetrical design of the instrument panel with its floating wide-screen display is tailored to the driver. All of these elements, of course, are now on production Mercedes models like the E-Class and the recently unveiled all-new A-Class.
Besides driver assistance systems, the Concept EQ also gets Car-to-X technology and can exchange information with the infrastructure and other vehicles - an ideal basis for a series of new driver assistance features that build on existing systems and thus take a further step in the direction of accident prevention. It is also helpful for the driver to be informed about nearby recharging opportunities. As soon as "Generation EQ" realises that the destination cannot be reached on the available battery charge, it advises the driver of appropriate options on the navigation map.
The Concept EQ features two electric motors on the front and rear axles and a battery in the vehicle floor. The combined horsepower output is rated at 402bhp with a driving range of 500km. Thanks to all-wheel drive with axle-variable torque distribution and maximum torque of up to 700Nm, the Concept EQ can accelerate to 100kmph in under five seconds.
The Concept EQ is ready both for charging at home by induction or wall box and for fast charging. Significantly reduced charging times will come with the introduction of fast charging by the Combined Charging System (CCS). This European charging standard allows for fast charging with a far greater capacity than at present. In the medium to long term, a charging capacity of up to 300 kW is planned. This would enable sufficient power for a driving range of 100km to be recharged within five minutes.