Ready for e-mobility? The EQ Ready app helps motorists decide whether it makes sense for them personally to switch to an electric car or hybrid. The smartphone app can record real journeys made by the user, analyse his or her everyday mobility behaviour and compare it with numerous parameters of electric and hybrid vehicles. The EQ Ready app also recommends which alternatively powered model from smart or Mercedes-Benz best matches the user's individual behaviour.
The general conclusion is that electric cars and hybrids in e-mode are much more suitable for everyday use than most people believe. Following their personal reality check with our app, even sceptics discover that an electric car or hybrid would satisfy their mobility needs.
The EQ Ready app can now be downloaded free of charge for iOS and Android in German and English, but it is initially available for the German market only. The smartphone records the journeys made by the user in their car (of any brand). In that way a realistic usage profile is generated.
Investigating the mobility behaviour
All that users need to do is to login to their Mercedes me account with name and email address and enable the tracking feature in the app. To stop a journey being recorded, the user can disable the tracking feature at any time. The tracking feature records not only speed and acceleration but also stops or longer breaks, as well as ambient parameters such as temperature and altitude profile. This makes it possible to calculate the range and energy consumption.
To optimise their virtual e-driving experience, app users can manually enter potential charging stations, such as at home or at their place of work. In future, the app will be extended to include publicly available charging stations.
Analysing the mobility behaviour and comparing it to suitable vehicles
The personal mobility behaviour determined in this way is transmitted by wifi or mobile data to the Mercedes me server, where the relevant parameters of Mercedes-Benz and smart electric cars and hybrids are stored. Based on the reference vehicle selected by the user, their personal values for range and energy consumption are determined and their mobility behaviour evaluated.
The EQ Ready app is another CASE project and was developed in cooperation with "Digital House". CASE summarises the strategic orientation at Mercedes-Benz Cars, bundling the following future topics into a single unit: connectivity (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric). The four CASE fields are an integral part of the corporate strategy of Daimler AG. The aim is to shape intuitive mobility for our customers through intelligent dovetailing of the CASE topics.