Mercedes EQS Review: The first luxury fully-electric sedan concept by Mercedes. The sedan future is determined by electric drive.
Mercedes EQV: A fully-electric V-Class MPV that leads the way in his segment.
The world is changing. Diesel is out, electric is in. So Mercedes-Benz introduces its luxury passenger electric van, the EQV. What can we expect from such an electric V-Class? And does the EQV not only distinguish itself in luxury, but also in technology from the eVito Tourer for passenger transport?
The full version of the V-class is going to be a real hit. More and more taxis are becoming electric. At the moment there is no serious alternative yet. The diesel taxis from Mercedes are due for replacement. How nice would it be if today's drivers could simply switch to a fully electric version of the V-class. It is precisely for this purpose that Mercedes has released the EQV.
The arrival of a fully electric V-class was just about due. Mercedes-Benz brought the Concept EQV to the exhibition floor in Geneva earlier in 2020. Today it is time for the production-ready version of the electric V-class. The 204 hp electric motor gets its energy from a 100 kWh battery pack, of which 90 kWh can be used. The driving range of the MPV comes with this already at 405 kilometers. Need some extra pep on the road? The Mercedes-Benz can be charged with up to 110 kW of power on a fast charger. Within an hour the Benz sees its battery percentage increase from 10 to 80 percent. The 5.14 meter long EV reaches a maximum speed of 160 km / h.
Mercedes-Benz is now adding a fully electric model to its range: the EQV. The brand itself speaks of an MPV, because the fully electric van is purely intended for passenger transport. Its electric range? 405 kilometers!
"405 kilometers range!" It is the first metric that Mercedes shields against. It is true that you can only get this far according to the old NEDC type-approval cycle, but if you find a fast charging station in time, you can charge the 90 kWh battery with 110 kW. You can do from 10 to 80 percent full in less than an hour, Mercedes assures you.
Charging AC at a 'normal' charging station or with a Mercedes Wallbox at home is also faster than with the eVito. And also faster than with the EQC introduced by Mercedes last year. Unlike those vehicles, the EQV can charge three-phase. At 16 A per phase and 230 V this means 3 x 16 x 230 = 11,040 Watt. In other words, AC charging with 11 kW.
So in terms of onboard charger and battery, the EQV is very different from the eVito introduced last year. That electric van has to make do with three batteries from the S-Class Hybrid under the loading floor. Together they are good for 41.4 kWh and a much smaller range.
"Unlike the EQC and the eVito, the EQV can charge three-phase"
A new EQ model, A new battery supplier
Logically, the EQV is used in a completely different way than an electric order. Mercedes sees two customer groups for its electrically powered premium MPV: business, who use the EQV as a luxury multi-person shuttle, and private, who want to bring family and sports team pleasantly and safely to nearby and distant destinations.
Another difference from the eVito: the high-voltage battery now comes in a large housing and no longer comes from Mercedes' own battery factory Accumotive. Who does? Mercedes holds that card to the chest for a moment: "From a supplier." It is clear that the supplier has further developed battery technology, as much more battery capacity now fits under the floor. Of course, such a large battery weighs quite a bit.
The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the EQV is 3,500 kg. That is 300 kg more than the permitted maximum weight of a V-Class with diesel engine. Mercedes does not give an exact figure of the mass of the EQV, but the weight difference is probably greater than that 300 kg. A dressed EQV (with a glass sunroof, for example) weighs around 2,900 kg.
Strikingly, the charging connection (for 11 kW three-phase AC and for 110 kW DC) is located on the front left of the bumper. “Handy”, says Mercedes, “because the parking places for fast chargers in Germany (as here at Tank & Rast) are often diagonally on the road. And the stronger the charging current, the heavier the cable. There are now even oil-cooled cables. So the charging connection must be close to the fast charging station.
This MPV is available with different interior layouts. For example, six passengers can be transported on individual seats, but there are also benches available, so that the car can transport 7 to 8 people. The trunk holds 1,030 liters of luggage. Furthermore, the EQV of course has the latest versions of the extensive MBUX multimedia system, although the screen is not as wide as in the current A and B class, for example. On the outside, the EQV differs from a regular V-class by a modified front including a closed grille and new front bumper. The plug plugs into an opening in that new front bumper.
This van stands at your doorstep for a price tag of € 71,388.10. The price is very c.ompetitive Normally you see that the fully electric model is a lot more expensive. This is not the case with the Mercedes EQV. The starting price of the cheapest V-class is € 72,645. So it seems that the electric variant will become the cheapest V-class.
The EQV rolls off the belt between the regular Vito and V classes. Hidden deep under the hood you will find the 150 kW e-motor and the single-stage transmission. The parts that provide heat and coolness occupy a much more prominent place.
Emphasis on cooling and heating
The arrangement of the engine is no different from that in the eVito. And actually no different from that of the diesel in the regular V-Class. Under the hood we find a much more powerful asynchronous AC motor. It delivers 150 kW, the one in the eVito 84 kW. This motor drives the front wheels via a single-stage transmission. Incidentally, such a powerful e-engine does not take up much space under the hood. The space there is occupied by the power electronics, the on-board charger and especially parts of the heat pump and cooling installation.
How does the EQV heat pump work?
A heat pump, that's a reverse air conditioner, right? Warm! This heat pump adds heat from the outside to the heat from the liquid-cooled battery, so that it is comfortable in the car even in winter, without requiring too much of the battery. With the help of the heat pump, this cooling installation ensures that the battery, the e-motor and the on-board charger do not get too hot, and that the battery is quickly up to temperature during a cold start.
Regenerate braking energy
You sit in the driver's seat as in a regular V-Class. The paddles behind the wheel allow you to control the rate of regeneration of braking energy. In the lowest position, the car rolls out almost without resistance, in the highest position it slows down sharply when "throttle" is released. This makes the so-called "one pedal driving" possible. The alternative is to stay off the paddles and leave everything to the "ECO Assistant". This system uses the navigation data, the traffic sign recognition and the information from the intelligent safety aids to automatically optimize the degree of brake regeneration.
The further development of MBUX (Mercedes Benz User eXperience system) should also be mentioned. You can no longer control the infotainment in the EQV only via the 10-inch display, you can also use voice control. With "Hey Mercedes" or "Hello Mercedes" you call the virtual assistant. It can enter your destination, select your music, set comfort functions and much more. Moreover, Mercedes ensures that it learns to recognize your voice better and better and can even handle dialect. You operate MBUX via the 10-inch screen or you call the virtual assistant with: "Hey Mercedes".
Also useful: using the Mercedes.me app you can select your destination from your living room via MBUX, enter a departure time and bring the interior up to temperature. In short, when it comes to comfort, not many EQV drivers will long for a traditionally powered V-Class.
Flexibility in production
Finally, back to the layout of the engine compartment, with mainly room for parts that provide cooling or heating. Mercedes builds the eVito and EQV on the same line as the diesel Vitos at its plant in Vitoria, Spain.
The advantage of the Mercedes strategy is flexibility. If the demand for electric propulsion increases or decreases rapidly (government policy is not always predictable), the production chain can respond quickly. Mercedes is therefore not yet predicting the number of EQVs that we can expect on the roads from spring 2020.
The van future is determined by electric drive.
What is logical also becomes normal by itself. And electric driving is a logical choice in every respect. An electric car is faster, more comfortable and, as a bonus, also cheaper per kilometer than a car with a combustion engine.
These are already important advantages for a normal passenger car, but for a commercial van the low kilometer price counts even more. A company car in particular is chosen purely rationally and an electric van is therefore a logical choice for the business community. And because a company car is generally used intensively, the EQV also means a profit for the environment. In short, it makes sense that the second model of EQ is the EQV.