MB VAN CONCEPT MAKES FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC URBAN TRIP

Photography by: courtesy Daimler AG


UNDOUBTEDLY WELL PRIMED for the rapidly increasing ride-share and on-demand bus and fleet market, Mercedes-Benz’s Concept EQV has made its first fully electric trip in the Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Spain, it’s reported.

MB VAN CONCEPT MAKES FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC URBAN TRIP
The vehicle is aimed equally at families, sports enthusiasts or quality shuttle services, the company states.

Following its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show early March, the Concept EQV hit the streets of Barcelona, showing the emissions-free, electric future for premium Multi-Purpose Vehicles (MPVs)is "just around the corner", according to Mercedes-Benz.

The vehicle is aimed equally at families, sports enthusiasts or quality shuttle services, the company states. With its progressive exterior, the Concept EQV caused a stir with passers-by in the fashion and design city, MB claims. In particular, the EQ-typical radiator grille with its continuous LED strip left a lasting impression, it adds.

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INNER VALUES

In addition to its attractive design, the Concept EQV stands for, in particular, practical everyday and locally emission-free electro-mobility, Mercedes-Benz says.

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The technical highlights include a claimed range of up to 400km (though whether that is fully loaded or not is unclear) and an integrated rapid-charging function. This means that sufficient energy for approximately 100km can be charged in about 15 minutes, apparently. What's more, the vehicle offers, "…the greatest possible level of comfort in its interior and maximum functionality, for example, thanks to the diverse range of possible seating configurations."

DRIVETRAIN

The Concept EQV is driven via the front axle by a compact electric powertrain with an output of 150kW. And with a top speed of 160km/h, it ensures superior driving pleasure out of town, too, says MB.

Energy is supplied by a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 100kWh. This is installed in the vehicle’s underbody, providing the full space in the interior for passengers.

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Soon, Mercedes-Benz Vans will be taking the next step: a series model is planned on the basis of the Concept EQV that will be presented to the public at this year's IAA in Frankfurt am Main.

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