Mercedes Validates EQC Electric Crossover Safety Features: Videos

DEC 11 2018 BY MARK KANE 7

When launching a new lineup, a five-star crash test result is a must.

Mercedes-Benz understands how important the Mercedes-Benz EQC is for the further expansion in the all-electric segment and puts a lot of weight on safety. After all, no one wants to see its brand new model in flames after a minor accident.

The German manufacturer released today videos of internal crash tests and a list of safety features implemented in the EQC, and particularly into the high-voltage system. It’s about the right time to double check everything before production starts in mid-2019 and Euro NCAP will begin its own tests.

Here is how the high-voltage drive systems is protected in an event of crash (also while stationary and DC fast charging):

Mercedes-Benz’s extensive experience of high-voltage drive systems has led to a special safety concept. The EQC’s accident safety was validated at the Mercedes-Benz technology centre for vehicle safety (TFS), the most advanced crash test centre in the world. Here vehicles, including prototypes with large electric batteries, have been tested under harsh crash conditions. The result is a whole array of constructive measures which deliver the EQC’s high level of crash safety:

  • A new subframe surrounds the drive components located in the front section, and this unit is supported by the usual mounting points.
  • The battery is surrounded by a robust frame with an integral crash structure. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery, and these are able to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact.
  • A battery guard in the front area of the battery is able to prevent the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.
  • The high-voltage system can also be shut down automatically in a crash, depending on its severity. A distinction is made between a reversible and an irreversible cut-off. When it is shut down the voltage in the high-voltage system outside of the battery reduces to below the safety-relevant voltage limit in a very short time.
  • Another feature of the comprehensive high-voltage safety concept is that the charging process is automatically curtailed if an impact is detected when stationary at a quick-charging station (DC charging). There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually.
  • In addition to assessing the occupant values during a crash, the battery’s accident safety was also tested at the development centre of Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, a wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary. Test criteria included the battery’s behaviour under impact and when penetrated by foreign bodies, with overheating and overloading also simulated.
Mercedes-Benz EQC: Crash-testing at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre for Vehicle Safety (TFS) in Sindelfingen.
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More about the EQC safety:

Beyond the structural safety and the battery protection concept, the model’s specially adapted restraint systems are particularly important for the occupants in the event of an accident.

  • Three-point seat belts with pyrotechnical belt tensioners and belt force limiters are installed for the driver, front passenger and passengers on the outer rear seats (normal three-point seat belt in the centre at the rear).
  • i-Size (Europe) and ISOFIX (other countries) child seat attachment points for securely attaching appropriate child seats on the outer rear seats
  • Window airbags in the roof area between the A, B and C-pillars for the head area of the driver, front passenger and passengers on the outer rear seats
  • Combined thorax/pelvis side impact airbags for driver and front passenger. Additional optional side impact airbags for the outer rear seats.
  • Airbags for driver and front passenger in the event of a severe frontal impact, with dual-stage, time-delayed deployment on the passenger side
  • Knee airbag for the driver

Numerous measures help to ensure that when Mercedes-Benz vehicles suffer an accident, consequential damage is reduced and rescue of the occupants is assisted. As soon as a protective system (e.g. belt tensioner and airbag) is triggered, an emergency call or a service call is made or a breakdown is detected, the following measures can be initiated depending on the accident type and severity:

  • Automatic activation of Mercedes-Benz emergency call to notify emergency services of the location and emergency situation and initiate rescue.
  • Shutdown of the high-voltage system
  • Activation of the hazard warning system to warn other road users
  • Interior lighting switched on
  • Front side windows lowered for ventilation in the event of airbag deployment
  • Central locking system unlocked
  • Lifting of the electrically adjustable steering column
  • Notification of a detected breakdown or accident situation to Car-to-X communication and to the Mercedes-Benz service centre
  • A rescue sticker provides a direct link to the vehicle’s rescue data sheet. Corresponding stickers are affixed to the charging flap and to the opposite B-pillar of the vehicle for this purpose. In the aftermath of an accident, rescue services can scan the QR code with a smartphone or tablet PC for fast and reliable access to the rescue data sheet for the specific vehicle concerned, thus facilitating rescue operations.
  • Alongside the rescue data sheets, the Rescue Assist App for smartphones and tablets also has three-dimensional views of the vehicle – now also offline in case there is no mobile network available at the accident scene.

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7 Comments on "Mercedes Validates EQC Electric Crossover Safety Features: Videos"

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Might want to embed one of the videos out there that isn’t potato quality.

It plays better directly on the YouTube site.

Nice video! Anything that helps dispel safety-FUD with regard to EVs is good in my books. Plus Germans are pretty much guaranteed to sit up and listen when Daimler says they’re safe 😉

@MercedesBenzCars: Now build it! And the B-Class. I’m mostly waiting for the B-Class.

I looked at the 2011 crash test for the Peugeot ion EV: https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/peugeot/ion/10991
It got 4 stars in 2011 and that equls 2 start now at best.. maybe even only 1 star.

Especially the pole from the side.. the vehicle seems to be very soft compared to newly designed EVs.
Makes me question how much I want this as my next EV, to use until 2020..

The ICE small panel van I drive for work would also only have scored 1 star (at best) in the 2018 crash test rules.
Good the company thinks a lot about their workers safety when we drive to customers, or to pick up test equipment and parts. . :-/

“When launching a new lineup, a five-star crash test result is a must.”

Ha ha! Someone tell that to FCA. 😛

It must be interesting to be involved in the crash testing of a vehicle like this. It seems like a ton of work to put it together, only to be destroyed in a split second. But at the same time, the knowledge gained from that destruction then prevents so much pain/suffering later on.

Especially since all of those cars you see being crashed are hand built. Order of magnitude, that’s probably close to a million Euros being driven into a wall there.

Yeah.. FCA will have to get their s*** together before the Chinese car companies start to export their new cars.
Most people used to laugh at the Chinese car that collapsed in crash tests. They are learning a lot now.
FCA that have made cars “for ever” manages to design cars that almost collaps, and does not have safety equipment found in cars like KIA, as standard equipment.

Today with advanced CAD, advanced crash simulations. . and fail like that. I would be so ashamed.

They WILL NOT be in business for long, if the Chinese (and others) continue to make better and safer cars.
I don’t think it is a lack of know how – but a lack of will from the manangement. They should start to fire top 10% of management as a warning for the other emploees. SH** like that is not expected by a western company.
Be ashames, be unemployed.