Mercedes-Benz EQA Electric Car Goes “Under The Microscope”

6 days ago by Mark Kane 12

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, Daimler, plans to introduce to the market more than ten different all-electric vehicles by 2022.  And over the long-term, the entire Mercedes portfolio is to be electrified.

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

The bulk of the efforts of electrification are gathered under company’s new EQ brand, a development of which Daimler will invest more than €10 billion into.

The first all-electric EQ is to be the Mercedes EQC – SUV, scheduled for market launch in 2019.

The EQC will be then followed by few more related offerings, including the EQA compact car, presented in concept version at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The EQA is modern electric car with two electric motors – one for each axle – enabling both all-wheel drive and also a high-capacity, flat battery pack under the floor between axles.

The 60+ kWh setup (Mercedes has yet to reveal exact specs other than to say more than 60 kWh) should allow for more than 200 miles /321 km of real world range (or somewhere north of 250 miles / 400 km in optimistic NEDC) terms.

“At the same time, the Concept EQA is another example of the logical evolution of the Sensual Purity design idiom: sharp edges and lines have been significantly reduced. One example of the new electric aesthetic is the light technology which features laser fibres. Here a laser-activated medium is embedded in the centre of a fibre-optic cable. The eye-catching spiral-shaped light signet underlines the electric concept, its design evoking the copper windings of an electric motor and the animation visualising electrical impulses.

Two electric motors, with a system output that can be increased to over 200 kW thanks to scalable battery components, and permanent all-wheel drive deliver impressive dynamic performance. The two drive programs “Sport” and “Sport Plus” offer a different front to rear torque distribution, allowing a choice of individual drive characteristics.

The black panel at the front end acts as a virtual radiator grille and changes its look according to the drive program. In the “Sport” drive program the grille depicts a flaming wing in horizontal format, while in “Sport Plus” mode vertical struts in the style of a Panamericana radiator grille are displayed.”

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA specs:

  • more than 60 kWh battery
  • more than 249 miles (400 kilometers) NEDC range (but probably more like 200 miles /321 km real world/EPA driving)
  • more than 200 kW system output (one electric motor at the front axle and one at the rear)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 5 seconds

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA

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12 responses to "Mercedes-Benz EQA Electric Car Goes “Under The Microscope”"

  1. CDAVIS says:

    No mention of access to a convenient & reliable supercharging network?

    1. DJ says:

      No, and that’s good news for many of us 😀

      1. DJ says:

        And oh, I really hope those front grills don’t make it in to the final production version.

      2. mx says:

        You’ll have to explain that “logic”.

        1. DJ says:

          Because not everyone needs or wants to pay for a supercharging network.

          For those people who want one go ahead and pay a little more for your car and get access to it. For those who don’t want it you get to chose a different make and spend less. The cost of the SC network is baked in to the purchase price of the car so if you get a Tesla and never use it you are still paying for it.

          Different strokes for different folks!

          And yes while I get that decent non-SC charging coverage isn’t available everywhere out here it’s more than sufficient so I would happily not pay extra $ just to get access to it.

          1. Alan says:

            Makes sense. I don’t take into consideration the use of the SCN or other charging networks into my purchasing decision (have reserved a Model 3 but will likely await for other BEVs to come to market because in Canada, earliest M3 delivery is late 2018, which is likely in 2019) because aside from the Model S or X, charging isn’t free and I have a feeling the wait time will be ridiculously long as long as the S or X owners hog the chargers because they can charge for free (sense of entitlement).

          2. CDAVIS says:

            @DJ said: “Because not everyone needs or wants to pay for a supercharging network…”
            ——–

            Mercedes EV customers would prefer to not have access to a convenient & reliable supercharging network if that’s saves them a few dollars on the purchase cost of a $Mercedes$??? I didn’t realize Mercedes customers where so frugal.

            1. Lawrence says:

              Maybe we should all be happy with every new entry into the EV market and not get fixated on a supercharging network. I’ve never needed to use DCFC did the last five years and equate the whole thing to range anxiety. Neither should be perpetuated. It’s like telling them that those stations are necessary, yet for the average consumer they’d rather pump gas for 2 minutes than wait 30 to “supercharge” on long trips. It’s needed perhaps on occasion, so it should be deemphasized.

              If fast charging is so very crucially important then there will be a huge market for them and they will get installed.

              Rather than rooting for one manufacturer, we should be excited about every step forward from fossil fuels. The goal is wide acceptance.

      3. L'amata says:

        Because you’ll pay through the Nose for this Mercedes ,with No Charging network .

        1. Lawrence says:

          There is no issue finding places to charge this car or any other EV. Home, work, destinations, etc.

    2. john doe says:

      It will use the CCS Network, just like every German EV.

      BMW, Volkswagen Group (VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat and so on), Daimler, GM, Ford, FIAT Chrysler, Tesla and Hyundai are promoting the 350kW CCS network.
      I see from time to time they install these. The rate of installs will increase as they start to sell more EVs.

  2. Bill Howland says:

    Seems exactly like a BOLT ev with nice seats – and probably alot more than $37,495 in the states. I’m not sure what the typical dealer discount is on Daimler products lately, but I’m curious enough to check out the local dealer should it arrive.

    Should is the operative word. German press releases talk all day and say almost nothing.

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