The new Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC (combined power consumption: 20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)¹ is the first Mercedes-Benz under the technology brand EQ. It is a further milestone by Daimler AG on the road to emission-free driving, and underlines the company's commitment in this field of technology.
In production, the drive components specific to the EQC require a greater use of material and energy resources. The proportion of steel and iron is reduced by the omission of a combustion engine and transmission plus their peripheral units. On the other hand, the proportion of light alloys, polymers and other metals is increased. The importance of the production process increases.
In the new EQC a total of 100 components plus small parts such as push buttons, plastic nuts and cable fasteners with a total weight of 55.7 kilograms can be produced partially from less resource consuming materials.
Manufacturing vehicles requires a high degree of material usage. For this reason there is a developmental focus on further reducing the use of resources and the environmental impacts of the materials deployed. To this end, the use of less resource consuming materials such as recycled plastics and renewable raw materials in the vehicles is constantly being extended. As just one example, the high-quality „Response“ upholstery fabric that has been newly developed for the EQC is made 100% out of recycled PET plastic bottles.
Mercedes-Benz has long recognised the importance of vehicle interiors optimised for allergy sufferers. Interior emissions have been measured since 1992. Today designers and developers can make their choice from a database of several thousand interior materials that have been approved by the material department. The laboratory test with the complete vehicle in a special test chamber lasts
one week. Like all new model series, the new EQC will bear the ECARF (European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation) seal of quality.