Mercedes launched its electric strategy a year ago at the Paris motor show with a sub-brand called EQ and its first design for a compact battery-powered SUV. The production version of that car, called EQC, will parallel the GLC internal combustion-engine model within Mercedes’ line-up. It arrives in Australia in 2019 with a starting price above $75,000, the fruit of a $15 billion investment that will result in more than 50 electrified vehicles by 2022.
Centre-stage at Frankfurt was the smaller EQA, a battery twin to the A-Class or GLA. It features smooth lines and a virtual grille that displays the driving mode. Power comes from electric motors at the front and rear with a system output up to 200kW. It can sprint to 100km/h in around 5 seconds. Lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of more than 60kWh supply a range of 400km.