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Mercedes Announces New Electric Concept

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Previewing a future production model, the EQV, due in 2022.

So far, Mercedes has confirmed four models of its expansive electric EQ range that will take on Tesla, Audi, and Jaguar. After launching the production EQC SUV, the automaker has confirmed there will also be an electric EQS luxury sedan, an EQA hatchback, and a smaller EQB SUV. And now a fifth model has been confirmed. Hidden in the announcement for the facelifted V-Class van, Mercedes confirmed it will reveal a new concept called the EQV at the Geneva MOtor Show in March. It will preview a future electric MPV due to go on sale in 2022 to rival the upcoming Volkswagen I.D. Buzz.

The production model will be developed by Mercedes' van division and will be closely related to the firm's future electric commercial vehicles. In Europe, Mercedes-Benz Vans already offers the electric eVito and will launch the eSprinter later this year.

The eVito is based on the architecture of the regular Vito van and is designed as an urban delivery vehicle. It's powered by three lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of 41.4kWh, connected to an electric motor rated at 113 hp, and 221 lb-ft of torque, providing a range of around 93 miles. While the EQV is likely to be based on a reworked version of the current Vito's platform instead of a bespoke EV architecture, it will likely have significantly more power and a better range than the eVito.

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The Mercedes EQV will likely mirror the options available for the V-Class, sold in the US as the Metris, which is available in three lengths and features a flexible interior with seating for up to eight people and luxury configurations. The production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Concept will also launch in 2022 as a potential rival to the EQV with a range of around 370 miles. By 2022, Mercedes plans to launch nine more electric vehicles with more distinctive designs than the EQC.

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