Mercedes EQC (2019) Guide
Mercedes EQC (2019) Guide
Mercedes has officially joined the premium electric SUV party. The EQC is the second BEV to be released by the German car manufacturer; however, this model has launched with a bang in comparison to the mildly, almost secretive, release of its electric B-Class. The EQC oozes luxury. Its lavish high-tech interior and flamboyant external features combined with the practicality of a WLTP range of 259 miles make this a compelling EV.
Avg Cost per Charge
Yes CCS max 110kW
Charging a Mercedes EQC
The EQC comes with a battery size of 80kWh and has an official WLTP range of 259 miles, putting it on par with Audi’s e-tron 55.
Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 12 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 22 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £11.20.
The EQC has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the EQC will charge from 20-80% in 70 minutes.
Note: It is worth highlighting here that the EQC has an impressive max DC rate of 110kW. Although these rapid chargers remain far and few between in the UK, the network is growing at a rapid pace (no pun intended). The EQC’s max AC rate is 7.4kW; if you plugged into an 11kW AC charger, the battery would charge at 7.4kW.
- 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 37h for 0-100%
- 7.4kW = 11.5h for 0-100%
- 11kW = 11.5h for 0-100%
- 150kW = 30m for 20-80%
*Based on WLTP range
**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.
Benefits of owning a Mercedes EQC
Classified as a BEV, the EQC produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this Mercedes qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.
With one charge range rivalling that of an internal combustion engine, you can effortlessly go about your regular commutes without having to worry about charge points, plus you’ll be helping save the planet in the luxurious comfort of a Mercedes SUV.
What are people saying about the Mercedes EQC?
Although Mercedes claims the EQC is not a conversion EV but built from the ground up, that doesn’t appear completely accurate given it uses a conventional platform, closely related to the GLC model; this isn’t to say it’s not a brilliant EV. It certainly is. But it does conjure up some design flaws, such as the transmission tunnel in the back. It also makes it more closely rival Audi’s e-tron, which is manufactured in the same fashion. In terms of performance and efficiency, these two SUV’s are on par, where the EQC stands out, though, is its unbelievably quiet driving experience, the sound insulation is unparalleled for its class.
The EQC offers a genuinely refined drive; it’s responsive, compliant, assured and comfortable. A wide range of technology features, which become more sophisticated as you trade up, complement its performance. For example, you’re able to optimise the battery temperature by informing the car when you plan to depart or charge on a journey, enhancing energy efficiency and saving you significant charging time. Voice-controlled infotainment system inside and beneficial touchpoints such as wireless charging pads make the EQC a delightful place to be.
Beautifully engineered with the EV owner in mind (think easy charging protocols that sees the removal of faffy payment cards and multiple apps), the EQC makes a great family car, with all the luxuries of a Mercedes. Its efficiency may not beat cheaper models such as Kia’s e-Niro, but it excels in so many other areas, for many the compromise on the range will be worth it.