Mercedes-Benz South Africa to launch five all-electric models in 2022
Mercedes-Benz announces electric vehicle rollout strategy, which includes launch of five new models this year
Mercedes-Benz South Africa have confirmed that they will be introducing five new modals as part of their Mercedes-EQ range during the course of 2022.
The models, which will be introduced, include the EQA SUV, the family-sized EQB SUV, the mid-sized EQC, which is based on the GLC platform, the EQE electric business sedan and the EQS luxury sedan.
Despite the fat that electric vehicles sales currently contribute a small portion of new vehicle sales, Mercedes-Benz is following the global push towards zero-emission mobility.
Despite the challenges in the current South African EV landscape, Mercedes-Benz South Africa are already reporting a significant local interest in their EQ range. This interest is aided by the growth in the public charging grid including coverage on main routes. Mercedes-Benz will collaborate with Grid Cars to further expand the public charging network. In addition EQ customers will receive a complimentary Mercedes-EQ wall charger installed at a location of their choice.
Mercedes-Benz believes that their EQ range will provide benchmark performance for South Africans in the EV space. An example of this is the Mercedes-EQ Vision EQXX concept car that was unveiled recently at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With an energy efficiency of 95% and an aerodynamic drag coefficient factor of 0,17 Cd, the EQXX could achieve over 1 000km on a single charge.
EQA, an all-electric sports SUV
A close relation of the GLA, it delivers all the characteristics of that popular model, combined with an efficient electric powertrain. The EQA 250 boasts the equivalent of 140kW and a range of up to 412km thanks to a combined electrical consumption of 17.7kWh/100km.
EQB, an all-electric family SUV
The EQB incorporates the square forms of Mercedes-Benz off-roaders and projects them into the future. The EQB offers space for many family configurations, with up to seven seats. The EQB will be available in the 350 4Matic derivative. This all-wheel drive model offers a power output of 215kW, a range of up to 419km and a combined electrical consumption of 17.4kWh/100km.
EQC, all electric mid sized SUV
The EQC was Mercedes first vehicle designed as a battery electric vehicle from the start. This all-wheel drive model offers a power output of 300kW, a range of up to 437km and a combined electrical consumption of 21.3kWh/100km.
EQE, the all-electric business sedan
The new EQE offers all the essential functions of the range topping EQS in a slightly more compact package, with interior dimensions similar to those of an E-Class and representing the business sedan of the future.
EQS, all-electric luxury sedan
The first all-electric premium sedan from Mercedes-EQ, the EQS redefines the luxury vehicle segment. An innovative and holistic design is based on a new vehicle architecture that fuses technology, design, functionality and connectivity. The EQS is available in models offering 385kW and a range of 780km, however the first model to be launched locally will be the EQS 450+ offering 245kW and a combined electrical consumption of 18.9-16.2 kWh/100km.
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