Mercedes-Benz has joined the electric car revolution with their EQ range. This series has seamlessly married the iconic Mercedes-Benz style with the many benefits of an electric vehicle.
With an electric car, you can drive with confidence knowing that you are producing zero local emissions and helping to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. With the Mercedes EQ series, you can even enjoy regenerative braking and pre-entry climate control to save energy and drive range. All of which contributes to a greener, safer environment.
If that isn’t enough, you can also wave goodbye to waiting around at petrol stations, and instead, enjoy the ultimate convenience of charging your car whilst you sleep. You can even save money with cheaper fuel costs, lower BiK tax rates, and reduced London congestion charges.
With a Mercedes electric car, you can enjoy all the benefits of an electric car without compromising on performance, style or substance.
Interested in knowing more? In this article we are covering everything that you need to know about the Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle range, so let’s dive in.
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What model of Electric Car does Mercedes sell?
The current Mercedes EQ range consists of the EQA, EQC, EQV and the new EQS. Each of these cars is fully electric and has an electric motor that is run by a battery. These battery-electric vehicles are often referred to as BEV or EVs.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these electric cars.
The Mercedes EQA was the first fully electric compact SUV from Mercedes-Benz and continues to be one of the favourites.
The Mercedes EQA reaches 0-62 mph in 8.9 seconds and boasts a powerful electric motor and high-voltage lithium-ion battery. It is based on the popular GLA but with changes that make it more appropriate for an electric car. For example, the grille feature has been removed as it is not needed for an electric car.
The EQA is an all-electric compact SUV and has a 249 – 263 mile driving range with 190 bhp. It includes all the favourite features available across the Mercedes EQ range, such as satnav, smart touchscreen, reversing camera, climate control, keyless entry, heated front seats, privacy glass, LED headlights and the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control.
The Mercedes EQC is considered the future of electric driving. This 4×4 is effortless to drive, reaching 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and reaching a top speed of 112mph. It has two electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear and has a total power output of 408 bhp and a driving range of 241 -252 miles.
Based on the hugely successful GLC, the EQC mirrors the design but is fueled by electricity. This powerful electric vehicle is sleek in design and high in performance.
The Mercedes EQC is fully equipped with Satnav, smart touchscreen, 360° reversing camera, climate control, keyless entry, heated front seats, privacy glass, LED headlights and the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control.
The Mercedes EQV is the first premium electric MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) in the range. This family-friendly vehicle can sit up to 7 people and has maximum interior space. The 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack is even mounted under the floor for enhanced space.
This electric vehicle can rapidly charge in as little as 45 minutes (up to 80% capacity) and has a driving range of 211 – 213 miles. The EQV has a total power output of 204 bhp and can reach 0 – 62mph in 12.1 seconds. The Mercedes EQV is modelled on the V-Class MPV but fueled by electricity.
As with the others in the EQ range, this Mercedes vehicle includes a satnav, smart touchscreen, reversing camera, climate control, keyless entry, heated front seats, privacy glass, LED headlights and the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control.
The new Mercedes EQS is the all-electric member of the S-Class range. The EQS is unmistakably Mercedes-Benz with impressive features and luxury design.
This 5.2m long saloon has a large 107.8 kWh battery and an impressive driving range of 407 – 453 miles. You can choose between rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and can go from 0-62 in 6.2 seconds.
The Mercedes EQS is the ultimate luxury upgrade from the early EQ models. It is not an electrified S-Class, but an S-Class sized luxury saloon vehicle and has been praised for being so.
The interior consists of a jaw-dropping automotive interface, tasteful design and ultimate comfort. Despite its size, it is still agile and a smooth ride.
The Mercedes Ethos for a Sustainable Automotive Future
Mercedes are committed to reducing emissions throughout the whole vehicle life-cycle with the aim of developing an entirely carbon-neutral car fleet by 2039. From development all the way through to disposal, each stage will produce net-zero carbon dioxide emissions.
To further this, Mercedes incorporates more than 100 sustainable components into the design of their EQ vehicles, including recycled plastic and renewable raw materials. According to Mercedes-Benz themselves, they are committed to designing and creating cars that are imbued with a sense of “modern, sustainable luxury”.
Mercedes offers both fully electric and hybrid cars, in an effort to move forward towards a more sustainable automotive future.
Mercedes’ Continued Commitment to Luxury
The Mercedes-Benz brand epitomises luxury. From stylish and cutting edge design to high-end performance and reliability. As stated above, they are committed to designing and creating cars that offer “modern, sustainable luxury”.
They are achieving this with the EQ range. The range incorporates modern features such as optimised navigation, climate control and voice control, whilst also prioritising sustainability through the use of recycled plastics and renewable raw materials.
Mercedes aims for all experiences with their vehicles to feel luxurious, right down to charging them. They have created a simple payment and billing method called ‘Mercedes me Charge’ which is an easy way to get access to the UK’s leading charging stations. With the app, you can see the location, availability and price of charging stations across the UK for ultimate convenience.
Mercedes Model Market reaction and Reviews
Overall, the market reaction to the Mercedes EQ range has been positive. They have been praised for comfort, style, design and cutting edge technology.
The EQA, EQC, EQV and EQS are all modelled on the most popular non-electric cars that Mercedes offers. Which has led some reviewers to state that it’s just that model with an electric battery inserted.
However, recent reviews of the EQS have stated that Mercedes really has gone above and beyond with this new design and it epitomises the luxury of the brand.
Mercedes has two new battery electric vehicles in the pipeline to add to their already successful EQ series. The Mercedes EQE and the Mercedes EQB.
Mercedes refer to their upcoming Mercedes EQE as modern aesthetics with pioneering engineering at the highest level. With a 383 driving range, 286 hp and 10% to 80% charge in as little as 35 minutes, the Mercedes EQE is one to keep an eye out for.
The EQE has a dynamic appearance and luxurious interior with an MBUX Hyperscreen, HEPA air filter system and multi-contour seats.
Mercedes says it is time to “experience a new, luxurious era of electric mobility” with the Mercedes EQE which is due to go on sale in 2022.
The upcoming Mercedes EQB offers safety, space and high-level comfort. This new vehicle in the EQ range is the ideal family car as it is spacious, comfortable and it hosts 7 seats with individually folding rear seats.
The Mercedes EQB has a generous load space and MBUX multimedia system with intelligent assistant on board for the ultimate electric driving experience.
Advertised as a versatile vehicle that can handle anything that life throws at it, the EQB has a 297 driving range and 100kW rapid charging. Similarly to the EQE, the EQB can be charged 10% to 80% in only 30 minutes.
Mercedes-Benz offers certain cars on subscription. Car subscription company Wagonex offers the Mercedes EQA and EQC.
What is included in an electric car subscription?
When you invest in an electric car subscription there are a variety of features that are automatically included.
Firstly, you can be confident that all of your maintenance costs will be covered throughout the subscription period.
Secondly, you have full breakdown included as standard and as such you are protected no matter what the emergency may be.
Thirdly, there are no extra hidden costs. Your road tax is paid in full as part of the subscription payment and there are no excessive deposits or balloon payments. All you need to cover is the fuel price.
Finally, with an electric car subscription, you can have your battery electric vehicle delivered straight to your door within a few days.
How much does a Mercedes electric car subscription cost?
Your Mercedes electric car subscription cost will vary slightly depending on the model that you choose and the subscription length available.
For the Mercedes EQA 250 140 kW in the AMG line, the cost is £890.10 per month including VAT. This is for a 24 month subscription period.
For the Mercedes EQC in the AMG line, the cost is £1,183.14 per month including VAT. This is for a 9 month subscription period.
Both the Mercedes electric cars available require a fully refundable £500 deposit upon subscription and both have home or work delivery options or direct pickup available.
Mercedes-Benz cars are also fully available to lease. The lease comparison website LeaseLoco offer all four of the current Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles.
Depending on your requirements and needs there are various different offers to suit anyone.
Leasing can be a great option for those that are looking for a longer-term commitment. There is a required upfront deposit, but the monthly payments tend to be lower than the subscription alternative.
How much does a Mercedes electric car lease cost?
As stated above, there are a variety of different lease contracts available to suit your needs. You can use the following as a rough guide.
A Mercedes EQA lease starts at £453.91 with an upfront deposit payment of £4,445.21. Depending on the specificities of the model available, the price will vary.
A Mercedes EQC lease starts at £598.30 with an upfront deposit payment of £5,618.66. Depending on the specificities of the model available, the price will vary.
A Mercedes EQV lease starts at £679.72 with an upfront deposit payment of £6,117.44. Depending on the specificities of the model available, the price will vary.
A Mercedes EQS lease starts at £1,258.08 with an upfront deposit payment of £11,556.72. Depending on the specificities of the model available, the price will vary.
What about buying a Mercedes electric car?
Considering its reputation for luxury, it’s no secret that buying a brand new Mercedes electric car outright can be costly.
Alternatively, you could buy a used one, however you should always make sure you know what you’re getting when you buy any second-hand vehicle.
That’s where Car Guide comes in. We can give you all the information you need to know about buying a used car, like the MOT history, whether there are any services or repairs coming up, its mileage, if it has any outstanding finance and whether it’s even been written off. Checking a vehicle with us not only takes the hassle out of the buying process, but it could also save you money in the future.
With each year that passes, the quality of the electric cars available is getting better and better. As we all try to take steps to help the environment, an electric car is a great step in the right direction.
With an electric car, you can enjoy emission-free driving and help to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere. Most of the electric cars available go one step further and opt for material made from more sustainable resources as part of the interior as well.
With the UK Government announcing a ban on all new petrol and diesel cars as of 2030, it is a good time to investigate electric car options. Incentives such as the “plug-in car grant” can also support this investment. Overall, it is clear to see that electric cars are the future for sustainable travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are two ways that you can charge your Mercedes electric car, either at home or on the go. There is an increasing number of charging points across the UK and the ‘Mercedes me Charge’ app is on hand to help you find your nearest.
You can charge your Mercedes from the comfort of your own home with any home charging unit. Depending on your energy supplier the cost will vary slightly, but on average it only costs approximately £13 to fully charge your car at home. According to the Department of transport, on average people drive approximately 21 miles per day, according to these figures you would only need to charge your Mercedes electric car once a week. Find out more about electric cars here.
To make your Mercedes electric car battery more efficient you should charge your vehicle at home. This is cheaper than the public alternative and you have the option of cheaper night rates. It also uses a lower current which helps keep the battery at maximum efficiency for longer. The high power rapid stations are fine, but the lower home currents are better for the battery over the long term.
You can also charge your car to a maximum level of 80% rather than 100%. This ensures that you are within the optimum charging range and there is less electrical resistance in the battery. This reduces both the charging time and costs. This is ideal for everyday use, only charging to 100% when required for a long journey.
In addition to this, if you do not intend to use your car, it is advised to not leave your car fully charged nor empty. To keep your battery in top condition, it should remain within 20% to 50% charge.
Finally, keep your Mercedes EQ in a garage if possible to help avoid weather conditions affecting the battery and thus the driving range capability. Find out more here.