Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off its first all- elec­tric ve­hi­cle. The EQC is a mid-size SUV with a range of more than 450 kilo­me­tres, avail­able to purchase from the mid­dle of 2019, with plans for a smaller SUV to fol­low a year later.

The car will be pow­ered by two elec­tric mo­tors, one mounted on the front axle and one on the rear, en­abling it to ac­cel­er­ate from zero to 96 km/ h in un­der five sec­onds.

Markus Schäfer, Ex­ec­u­tive Board mem­ber Mercedes-Benz Cars, Pro­duc­tion and Sup­ply Chain, said: “Our de­ci­sion to pro­duce elec­tric ve­hi­cles on the same line as mod­els with com­bus­tion engines en­ables us to re­spond flex­i­bly to de­mand and use plant ca­pac­ity to best ef­fect.

“The elec­tric ini­tia­tive means two things for us: emis­sion-free ve­hi­cles and ‘clean’ pro­duc­tion. With a CO2-neu­tral en­ergy sup­ply to our Ger­man plants by 2022, we are ac­tively pro­mot­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of our pro­duc­tion.”

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