Mercedes has launched it’s vision for the future of electric mobility with the new ‘Generation EQ’ branded all-wheel drive, all-electric SUV.
A combination of Electrical and Intelligence – the Mercedes Benz ‘Generation EQ’ was presented at last weeks Paris Motor Show.
According to Mercedes: “Generation EQ is designed to fuse the four pillars of future mobility: “Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric”. The high end Mercedes EQ is right on trend and in line with other concept vehicles replacing exterior mirrors with cameras, concealed windscreen wipers and no conventional door handles and fitted aerodynamic optimised 21-inch wheels.
This electric concept vehicle has a sporty appearance matched with two electrics motors with a system output of up to 300 kW and a permanent all-wheel drive. Mercedes states that the Generation EQ can go from 0 to 96km/h in under five seconds.
The batteries have a range of up to 500 kilometres. The interior is very futuristic with touch-based controls and LEDs everywhere. The cockpit features a huge 24-inch TFT screen replacing the traditional instrument panel.
Another impressive feature of the EQ is the charging technology. Mercedes-Benz offers a wallbox as fast-charging for the home, as well as stationary energy storage units for power generated by photo-voltaic or solar systems.
According to Mercedes the Generation EQ is close to being produced towards the end of 2018.
Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche reveals that “By 2025 we’ll have more than 10 fully electric vehicles on the market. We are developing a entirely new vehicle architecture. Our goal is to have electric vehicles make up between 15 and 25 per cent of our global sales by 2025.” and that the company “…is investing 1 billion Euros in our global battery production – this includes 500 million Euros in our second battery plant in Germany”.
The talk of the battery town has always been Tesla, however Mercedes hasn’t been resting on their laurels either. Drive.com.au writes: “The battery, developed by Mercedes-Benz’s sister company Deutsche Accumotive, uses a modular cell structure that allows it to be scaled to suit the model in which it is used. In the Generation EQ, it receives a capacity described as being “over 70kWh”. This is sufficient to provide the new concept with a claimed range of up to 595km. To put this into perspective, the battery used by the similarly sized Tesla Model X P90D boasts a capacity of 90kWh for a claimed range of 470km.”
The way the vehicle is designed it will enable Mercedes to produce a battery powered electric fleet including SUVs, sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles.
Tesla, watch out! Welcome to the future!