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Mercedes-Benz shows first pure electric SUV

By Zhang Dandan | China Daily | Updated: 2019-06-17 10:30
Mercedes-Benz showcases its first pure electric vehicle the EQC in Shanghai on Tuesday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Mercedes-Benz showcased its first fully electric sport utility vehicle - the EQC - in Shanghai on Tuesday, together with its three technical directions it is heading with its electrification, as part of the German automaker's efforts to realize its vision for zero-emissions mobility.

To improve its electric safety, the model has an auxiliary frame which provides structural protection for the front motor, and an integrated anti-collision frame over the battery pack.

The EQC has been tested over 4.5 million kilometers on four continents. Its bodywork, drive system and air conditioning have been tested in extreme weather conditions with temperatures between-40 C and 60 C.

The new model generates a maximum output of 300 kilowatts and has a top torque of 730 Newton meters, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. Equipped with two compact motors, the EQC can be driven up to 415 kilometers on one charge.

In addition, Mercedes-Benz said it is to provide tailored electric auto services for Chinese customers, including installing intelligent charging piles, providing public charging piles and Mercedes-Benz exclusive charging stations, as well as a 24-hour road rescue charging service.

According to the automaker, its charging service is expected to cover some 300 cities in China, and some 150,000 charging piles will be monitored in real time.

The automaker also unveiled its electrification technical routes on the same day, which are its electric combustion engine technology, its plug-in hybrid technology as well as its battery and fuel cell technology.

Electric combustion engine technology aims to aid vehicles to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. A 48-volt intelligent motor and an optimized internal combustion engine will be used.

The technology has been widely used in Mercedes-Benz models, including the new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class, E-class, S-class and the GLE SUV.

The new Mercedes-Benz S 560 e L unveiled at the event in Shanghai adopts the automaker's advanced plug-in hybrid technology.

The model's fuel consumption per hundred kilometers is 2.1 liters, and its carbon dioxide emissions are 50 grams per km.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle equipped with both the fuel cell and the battery system. With a capacity of 4.4 kilograms of hydrogen, the model can run up to 437 km on one hydrogen refueling.

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