If you had guessed a few years ago which major German automaker would be the first to develop an electric passenger van from scratch, the obvious answer would have been Volkswagen. But Mercedes-Benz snuck in earlier this year with the EQV concept and promised to be ready before the end of the year. The production EQV that debuted this week delivers on that promise and offers emission-free driving of up to 405 km (250 miles) per charge. It will be available in two different wheelbases with up to eight seats.
The EQV is not Mercedes’ first electric van, following the sprinter Y eVito commercial vans to market. However, it is the first all-electric minivan that will have commercial and private car buyers among its customers. It is also the first van and the second member overall in the young EQ lineup, following the EQC SUV which debuted a year ago.
Available in lengths of 202 and 211 inches (514 and 537 cm), the EQV closely resembles the concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March. At the front, it shares the unified grille / headlight design with the Concept EQV and EQC, although the headlight design has been toned down. The front bumper design has also been redesigned to better match the great V-Class line.
Except for the lightweight 18-inch EQ wheels instead of the multi-colored concept wheels, the profile of the EQV remains largely the same as that of the Concept. The rear end is cleaned and marked for production but still includes triple bar taillights.
The beating heart of the EQV is packed around the front axle, a 201 hp motor that powers the front wheels with power from the floor-mounted 90 kWh battery. The EQV comes in with a few extra miles of range over the Concept, which offers 253 miles (405 km) in a tentative estimate that has yet to be propped up on a proper brochure-ready spec. The EQV can dial the speedometer up to 99 mph (160 km / h).
When using a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home or a basic public charging station, the EQV’s battery charges in less than 10 hours via the on-board water-cooled 11 kW charger. Those looking to speed things up on the go can plug into a standard CCS DC fast charger and go from 10 to 80 percent of its capacity in about 45 minutes. The EQV will come with access to more than 300,000 charging stations in the global Mercedes me Charge network, including IONITY fast charge in Europe. Me Charge includes an integrated payment system with billing.
Between charges, the EQV’s battery recovery system helps squeeze every last mile. The restoring force can be adjusted manually via a pair of paddles on the steering column, and an automatic adjustment mode combines GPS data, traffic sign information, and radar inputs and camera sensors to Continuously adjust recovery level for more efficient driving.
With the battery integrated into the floor, the interior of the EQV remains as open and flexible as you would expect from a V-Class. The truck will be offered in various configurations, including a professional six-seat configuration with vis-a-vis rear seats and a familiar configuration of two benches with eight seats. The 10-inch MBUX infotainment system includes voice control and a special EQ menu for EV-related content such as charging current and power flow statistics.
Sadly, as much as we cross our fingers, it seems completely implausible that Mercedes would expand the EQV line with a Marco Polo EQV motorhome in time for this month’s Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. We will continue to keep our eyes open at the Mercedes Düsseldorf booth, but we will most likely see the EQV van for the first time at its public premiere next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The EQV will be manufactured together with the Class V and Vito vans in Vitoria, Spain.
Source: Mercedes Benz