A new 11 kW charger significantly drops charge times.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC has been around for a while now, and despite a rocky start that included delays and inaccurate range announcements, it's been a great example of what the world's greatest luxury brand can achieve as a manufacturer of electric vehicles. To keep the EQC competitive, Mercedes-Benz has updated its charger with a new water-cooled onboard charger with an output of 11 kW. This makes charging through both alternating current and direct current chargers much quicker, thus enhancing the EQC's appeal to buyers. But just how much quicker does it charge? A lot, is the answer.
The EQC 400 4MATIC's 11-kW charger can now charge the 80-kWh battery using a Wallbox or a public AC charging station from 10 to 100 percent in just seven hours and 30 minutes, while the old 7.4 kW charger would take around 11 hours to achieve the same task. On a DC outlet, Mercedes simply says that the new charger will be quicker.
The German automaker also used the announcement of the new charger to draw attention to the "me Charge" charging network, which it says is now made up of more than 350,000 charging points in 26 countries.
This announcement should do more to encourage buyers to join Mercedes on its electric journey, which will soon be undertaken by a bunch of new models. The company has already sold over 10,000 EVs every month in the third quarter of 2020, with around 2,500 of these being sold in September alone. With the brand currently offering five all-electric models worldwide and more than 20 plug-in hybrids, Mercedes' EQ division is proving diverse enough to appeal to buyers in numerous segments. Here's hoping that the brand eventually uses this success to create something truly stunning from its electric expertise; Mercedes-Benz EQR, anyone?