Mercedes Plans Electric Debut in India with EQC

The Mercedes EQC is a five door SUV based on the GLC. It is first of a family of 10 new electric models to come out from Mercedes. The car was launched for public in 2018 and is sold in Japan, USA, Germany, Korea and China. Mercedes plans to introduce the car in India. The plan is to initially import the car and then start manufacturing as the demand picks up. However, taking into consideration the duties on a CBU, the car may cost approximately INR 1.0 Crore (US$ 139,000) in India. Mercedes has, however, indicated that it is looking at manufacturing the electrics at its Pune plant in India.

The EQC is a compact 5-door SUV. It is 4,761 mm long, 1,884 mm wide and 1,624 mm tall. It is powered by two asynchronous electric motors, one each on the front and rear axle giving it a four wheel drive capability. These motors generate 402 BHP power and 760 N-m of torque. The weighs in at 2,425 Kgs. The EQC accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and can attain a top speed of 180 Km/h.

The juice for moving the car is stored in a 80 KW-h Li-ion battery which gives it a range of 417 Km (259 miles). With a DC fast charger, the batteries can be charged to 100% in 90 minutes.

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