The Generation EQ has a range of 311 miles on a single charge. Can burn the road at 0-60 in less than 5 seconds. Will go on production later in 2019. Competes against Tesla Model X and Audi’s e-tron Quattro.
Although Mercedes-Benz had confirmed that it was working on a sub-brand that will host its contemporary line of all electric vehicles, it was a pleasant surprise to see it unveil the Generation EQ at the Paris Motor Show.
The new 402bhp SUV Coupe concept car is straddled with twin electric motors and comes with zero emission drive train technology. Similar to Volkswagen’s model that we reported yesterday, Mercedes-Benz’s Generation EQ has a respectable range of 311 miles on a single charge.
The range of both VW’s I.D. and Mercedez-Benz’s Generation EQ place them in firmly in Tesla territory.
In a strategic move, Mercedes has stated that its new line of EV will share a common architecture. This modular approach will greatly streamline Mercedes’s production lines irrespective of whether the car is a coupe, SUV, saloons or any other model.
According to Mercedes, its “modular building-block system” will allow it to adopt “a wide variety of wheelbase and track measurements as well as electric motors and battery combinations.” In other words, customers can customise their EQ to their liking, since battery and power outputs can be switched.
With the Generation EQ, Mercedes plans on taking electric sports cars mainstream.
“The mobility of the future at Mercedes-Benz will stand on four pillars: Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric. ‘Generation EQ’ is the logical fusion of all four pillars,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes‑Benz Cars.
He went on to add, “The emission-free automobile is the future. And our new EQ brand goes far beyond electric vehicles. EQ stands for a comprehensive electric ecosystem of services, technologies and innovations.”
So as to boost efficiency, Mercedes has woven the Generation EQ’s body panels tightly, has favoured remote opening of doors, and has hid the windscreen wipers underneath the top edge of the bonnet.
The Generation EQ will be made from a mixture of carbon-fiber, high-strength steel, and aluminium. Its lithium-ion batteries will be placed low in the floor of the frame, which will not only boost performance but also make its safer. They will be produced by Deutsche Accumotive, a company owned by Daimler, Mercedes-Ben’s parent.
Although the Generation EQ can do 311 miles on a single charge, it can also vroom -0-60 in under 5 seconds.
The EQ range will obviously have the latest in in-car technologies, including driver-assistance, self-driving technology and HERE’s map tech. The car’s software will interact with sensors placed around the car which will provide feedback on the status of its own systems as well as the condition of the road.
Vehicles which have the car-to-X feature will be additionally be able to acquire data on vehicles close to itself. Using this technology, vehicles can exchange information and prevent accidents from occurring.
While this is a concept car, Mercedes has stated that it will go into production sometime in 2019. This will put it in direct competition with Tesla’s Model X and Audi’s e-tron Quattro.