Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the launch date of their first EQ electric sub-brand model to be some time next year. Before then, we’re given a taste of what’s to come in an episode of the Fully Charged show and who better to give viewers a rundown of the EQ C than Chief Engineer of the Mercedes-Benz EQ C, Michael Kelz.
As the first model to be produced under the EQ brand, Mercedes has invested heavily in electric vehicle technologies. Their goal for the EQ C was to create a vehicle that’s so quiet, passengers wouldn’t be able to hear anything from the drivetrain. Of course comfort and drive character is of high importance as well, to that end Kelz and his team are engineering the EQ C to hit that 0-62mph time of around 5 seconds.
Powering the car is a battery pack with a capacity of around 70kWh, which can be charged in just 30 minutes at a 150kW fast-charge station and provide around 310 miles (500km) of range per charge. What’s more, the maximum output that the two electric motors on the front and rear axles can provide is 300 KW or 400 hp.
Those specs should be enough for the EQ C to adequately compete with rivals such as the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X.