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This is a big disappointment for everyone...Mercedes is going to delay the US launch of the EQC by a year.

They are apparently blaming the delay on the strong demand for the EQC in Europe.

This is a risky move for Mercedes in the States because everyone else is already making their push in the EV game like Audi, Ford, BMW and Jaguar.

Here's the full article from Automotive News:

The wait for an all-electric Mercedes-Benz in the world's No. 2 auto market just got longer.

The German luxury automaker will delay the U.S. launch of its first EV, a compact crossover, by at least a year, Mercedes told dealers Friday.

The U.S. debut of the EQC, which starts at $68,895, including shipping, has been pushed back to 2021. It was expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the first quarter of next year.

Mercedes blamed the stateside delay on strong demand for the EQC in Europe.

"In a recent direction from Daimler AG, it is a strategic decision to first support the growing customer demand for the EQC in Europe," the automaker said.

The urgency to meet European demand ratcheted up after the EU Parliament mandated in April a 37.5 percent cut in new-vehicle emissions by 2030. That means the industry must slash emissions levels to roughly 60 grams per kilometer on average — a dramatic reduction — or face steep noncompliance fines.

The delay in the U.S. means Mercedes will have to sit on the sidelines as rivals Tesla, BMW, Audi and Jaguar take the early lead in meeting domestic demand for EVs.

There is a "huge appetite" for EVs in some U.S. states, said Jeff Aiosa, owner of Carriage House of New London, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Connecticut

"Any delays are a setback that keeps us from being competitive," Aiosa said, "If you're a California dealer, and knowing that over 50 percent of Teslas are sold in California, I would be disappointed."

The EQC is the first of a fleet of 10 EVs the automaker expects to launch by 2022.

Jaguar and Audi launched electric crossovers this year. Next year, BMW will introduce the iX3, a midsize crossover; while Tesla will launch a crossover version of its widely popular Model 3 electric sedan.

Mercedes is building the EQC at a plant in Bremen, Germany, where output is slated to double to 200 units per day, thus doubling annual capacity to around 50,000 per year.

The EQC, powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, has about a 280-mile range on a full charge, based on New European Driving Cycle estimates.

Two electric motors generate a combined 402 hp, enabling a 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds. To reduce power consumption, the front electric motor is optimized for efficiency in the low- to medium-load range, while the rear motor adds sportiness.
https://www.autonews.com/marketing/mercedes-delay-us-sales-all-electric-eqc-year
 

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It might be a longer wait but worth it. If you like Mercedes enough, you'll wait. Or trade in what you have when its available.
 

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I'm not about to count the days. If it shows up and I'm in need so be it. Hoping the Rivian is everything expected. I've owned 6 Mercedes.
 

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I'm not about to count the days. If it shows up and I'm in need so be it. Hoping the Rivian is everything expected. I've owned 6 Mercedes.
I've been keeping tabs on Rivian too, they've been doing a lot of impressive stuff with their trucks, especially the reported range. I wouldn't mind a R1T in my garage that's for sure.
 

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Apparently a Lincoln EV pickup truck will be launched using Rivian's platform, can't wait!
From what I can find the Rivian will be producing an Electric navigator. No mention of an EV pickup.
This info copied from https://www.autoblog.com.

Rivian will build high-end electric SUVs for Ford or Lincoln




Rivian will have a separate production line focused on building its skateboard chassis shared with Ford and Amazon, which has ordered 100,000 Prime commercial delivery vans from the company by 2024 on top of of its $700 million investment, announced last February. Another line will be used to assemble the three different battery packs Rivian will offer — including to Amazon for its Prime delivery vans — and route the finished packs directly to the skateboard line. Then there will be two final-assembly lines — one for the high-content Rivian and Ford products, and another for the low-content Prime vans.
 

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From what I can find the Rivian will be producing an Electric navigator. No mention of an EV pickup.
This info copied from https://www.autoblog.com.

Rivian will build high-end electric SUVs for Ford or Lincoln




Rivian will have a separate production line focused on building its skateboard chassis shared with Ford and Amazon, which has ordered 100,000 Prime commercial delivery vans from the company by 2024 on top of of its $700 million investment, announced last February. Another line will be used to assemble the three different battery packs Rivian will offer — including to Amazon for its Prime delivery vans — and route the finished packs directly to the skateboard line. Then there will be two final-assembly lines — one for the high-content Rivian and Ford products, and another for the low-content Prime vans.
Same here, I've heard the first vehicle at least will be a SUV. Though I could easily see them bring back a Lincoln pickup.
 
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