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Electric vehicles have been the talk of the automotive industry for years. Many manufacturers have either invested in electric technology or released at least one electric model in their lineup. There has been controversy due to the current infrastructure that isn’t ready to support charging and plug-in demands. However, we need these vehicles to reduce the number of emissions today’s combustion engines are producing.

Enter Mercedes-Benz EQ. This new division from Mercedes-Benz includes three major segments. The first segment is called “EQ Power” which will focus on plug-in hybrid models using advanced EQ technology while retaining aspects of a traditional engine. You can already see the “EQ Power” badging on the road today, found on the GLE 550e and GLC 350e models. Yet it’s not always about technology. Expect a clean, smooth ride giving you that luxury experience emblematic of a Mercedes-Benz, providing a sample of what to expect in the years to come.

Merecedes-Benz EQ - marquee magazine automotive article
Merecedes-Benz EQ - marquee magazine automotive article

The second segment is called “EQ Power+.” This segment will include the work from Mercedes-AMG on designing high-performance hybrids and motorsport models.

The third segment is gleaning the most interest. It’s called “EQ” and will focus on fully electric vehicles. The first model in this segment is called “EQC,” an SUV similar to the current design of the GLC. Mercedes-Benz is due to release this model as the “first of what will be a growing family of all-electric vehicles” in 2020.

There are always questions with any significant change. Electric vehicles share many of the same questions we ask when buying a new smartphone. How will they perform? Will it have all the necessary features I need in my day to day life and how long will it take to charge?

Performance wise, there is no lag as with a traditional combustion engine. In an electric vehicle, the acceleration is instant and the power is driven to the wheels instantly. The EQC will have an exciting all-new drive system featuring electric drive trains at each axle, allowing you to experience the road ahead with a similar feel to all-wheel-drive. Outputting 402 horsepower and an impressive 564 lb-ft of torque, the EQC goes from 0-100 KM/h in just 5.1 seconds!

Merecedes-Benz EQ - marquee magazine automotive article
Merecedes-Benz EQ - marquee magazine automotive article

Driving an electric vehicle feels like a natural progression of the cycle. Torque is available on a whim and charging infrastructure is growing rapidly thanks to, in some places, the combined efforts of manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz.
– James Engelsman – Host of Auto Youtube Series, Throttle House

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The positives continue when comparing the top level of safety in the EQC as opposed to traditional internal combustion engines. The high voltage system can automatically disconnect if a collision occurs, unlike combustible fuel. The latest technology provides increased safety features, refined performance, and lowers the risk of severe passenger injuries in the event of a car accident.

Popular YouTube series “Throttle House” is one of the fastest growing auto channels in Canada and the second largest car review show in the country. Host James Engelsman has been a car enthusiast since his early teens. “Driving an electric vehicle feels like a natural progression of the cycle. Torque is available on a whim and charging infrastructure is growing rapidly thanks to, in some places, the combined efforts of manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz.”

The EQC can also “fast charge” from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 40 minutes. You will be able to monitor your EQC’s details from the additional EQ settings menu, including charge status, energy flow, and range.

Merecedes-Benz EQ - marquee magazine automotive article

Quickly recognized as a dynamic and innovative new addition to the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the EQC has a distinguished high-end exterior look which includes LED lights, drawing attention to the central star in the grille. Some of the other design highlights include attractive rose-gold accents and digital displays. The impressive, sophisticated design interior is evident from the first glance. The EQC also features the latest technology in MBUX media system – replying to your voice as you enjoy the ride.

Part of the Mercedes-Benz plan is investing heavily in the future and producing ten EQ models by 2022. Buyers can expect an influx in the number of electric vehicles on the market with more economical, climate friendly future, while still enjoying stimulating luxury and refined performance. As for Engelsman, he says he is very excited for the future of electric vehicles. “I am keen to see what Mercedes-Benz has in store for the electric intelligence movement. As long as the execution still keeps driver enjoyment at the forefront, I’m in. Life’s too short not to have fun with this stuff.”

Photo Credits: Mercedes Benz Canada