The real figure is actually higher, but is it high enough?
Mercedes-Benz revealed its first vehicle designed and engineered as an EV from the get-go, the EQC, only a few days ago but there was something about it that was troubling us: the fact that it only had a 200-mile range on a single charge. In this day and age, 200 miles ain’t that impressive. For example, the second-generation Nissan Leaf, is capable of a 225-mile range per charge.
The base Tesla Model X, one of the EQCs main competitor, can do 237 miles and up to 295 miles with an upgraded battery. The Jaguar I-Pace? Up to 300 miles. So why does the Mercedes EQC have such a relatively low range figure? Turns out it doesn’t. According to Green Car Reports, the German automaker has now corrected that figure.
"Our colleagues in Stuttgart have advised us that the preliminary estimated range figure for the EQC of 200 miles for the U.S. market is incorrect," said Mercedes-Benz product and technology public relations manager Michael Minielly. "For now, we ask that you please use the 450-km NEDC figure (approximately 279 miles). The official U.S. range will be communicated closer to market launch.”
To clarify, NEDC is the New European Driving Cycle, which is an outdated test that does not always generate accurate figures. Beginning later this month, the NEDC will be replaced with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).
The Mercedes EQC is powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery pack and can regain up to 80 percent of its charge in only 40 minutes thanks to DC fast charging. As the official launch date gets closer, we assume Mercedes will further clarify an exact range number, but already 279 miles, compared to the previously stated 200, is much better aligned with the competition. However, Mercedes will need to get that number up even higher very soon.