In September 2016, Daimler presented the new "EQ" electric brand and its first show car. The aim for all of the products to run on electrical power in order to enable emissions-free driving on a large scale in the future.
Paris, late September 2016. Daimler makes a statement for electromobility in the French capital. The company's entire range of vehicles is to be successively switched to electrical power under the new EQ product brand. This is a major undertaking aimed at creating a world of emissions-free driving. The abbreviation EQ stands for electric intelligence. But what is the show car for the next generation capable of?
Range of 500 kilometers
The SUV houses two electric motors on the front and rear axles and a battery integrated into the floor of the vehicle. This results in a total output of up to 300 kW with a maximum torque of 700 Nm. This allows the vehicle to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. The range is up to 500 kilometers.
Efficient and sustainable batteries
The lithium ion battery used in the vehicle is produced by Daimler's subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive. It has a total capacity of 70 kWh. Daimler is taking a sustainable approach to the production of these batteries right from the start. The company recycles valuable resources, with old batteries being used in the production of new ones. Another important factor is that the batteries charge quickly. They can either be charged at home, wirelessly via induction or using a wall box, and are charged rapidly using the Combined Charging System (CCS).
Design meets intelligent aerodynamics and the perfect mix of materials
The car's design also makes it more efficient thanks to its good aerodynamics. Barely noticeable body joins, hidden windscreen wipers, cameras instead of exterior mirrors and the absence of conventional door handles reduce air resistance and benefit the vehicle's energy consumption statistics. The structure of the show car is based on a mix of steel, aluminum and carbon, allowing it to meet requirements in terms of lightweight construction, stability and cost-effectiveness.
Daimler planning electromobility ecosystem
The "EQ" study combines a range of products, services, technologies and innovations. These range from electric vehicles and wall boxes to charging services and home energy storage solutions. An electromobility ecosystem – made by Mercedes-Benz.
The engineers behind the concept are optimistic: "We are achieving longer and longer ranges in the development of electric vehicles. Very soon, we will be able to charge batteries to between 60% and 80% in half an hour. We have the technical capability to make the batteries last longer," said Jürgen Schenk, Director of the E-Drive Integration unit.
And Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche is firing the starting gun for the new electric age: "We are ready to start an electromobility campaign with which we want to cover all vehicle segments, from the compact to the premium class." The electromobility campaign can begin.