Mercedes Generation EQ - Electric SUV With 500 Km Range
|   Thursday, October 27, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ is just the beginning of the offensive with which the Stuttgart manufacturer plans to create a wide range of electric models.
The Generation EQ Concept unveiled at the Motor Show in Paris shows that Mercedes-Benz is ready to build a range of electric models just like the BMW i. The electric range will be called EQ, expressing both the idea of smart electricity, as well as the brand values, which means emotion and intelligence.


The first electric vehicle from the Mercedes-Benz electric range could be an SUV, as we understand from the Generation EQ concept. It has two electric motors, four-wheel drive, a range of up to 500 km, power can reach 300 kW (402 hp) and 700 Nm of torque. This prototype is able to go from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds.

The high performance is due to the battery with scalable components. Also scalable is the technical platform, which was designed by Mercedes-Benz to be the basis of its new range of electric models. Not only the length and gauge of the platform can be varied, but also the number of batteries. The German automaker says that its new platform for electric models is suitable to build models likes SUVs, coupes, sedans or other formats.

Furthermore, in order to ensure a low weight and high rigidity, as well as an efficient production cost, the platform is constructed from a mix of aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber. This material is used primarily by BMW specialists in the case of the i3 and i8 electric models.

Mercedes-Benz will not provide only electric cars but also services and products related to it such as chargers or storage devices for electricity (for the energy surplus produced by the houses with photovoltaic panels). The Generation EQ Concept can also be charged by induction and Mercedes-Benz prepares combined recharging systems, which make charging the electric batteries faster. They are working on technologies that allow a charging capacity of up to 300 kWh, which means that in 5 minutes the batteries should be charged enough to offer a range of 100 km.

The Generation EQ concept prefigures the stylistic approach by which the EQ series models will distinguish themselves from the Mercedes-Benz range of cars that use internal combustion propulsion. The front grille and taillights background are represented by black panels. In the front panel, the Mercedes-Benz logo illuminated in white dominates.

Of course, the Generation EQ is a mirror for future interaction solutions between the passenger and car. The buttons have been removed, except those for adjusting the seat. Thus, all orders are made through interaction with surfaces that recognize touch screen controls.

Besides the large display in the dashboard (24-inch diagonal or 53 × 11 cm), on the steering wheel and center console between the front seats, we find tactile surfaces for various commands, OLED illuminated. The TFT displays are integrated on the front seats’ backs, to give passengers on the two rear seats access to infotainment. Digitization replaces the rear view mirrors too. Their role is taken by cameras that render images on screens integrated into the doors.
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