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Mercedes EQV Is The Electric Van Of Our Dreams

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Battery power comes to the Metris van in Frankfurt.

Mercedes, like so many of its competitors, is in the process of expanding its electric-vehicle lineup. But the German automaker doesn't just make cars and sport-utes. It also makes vans, among other commercial-grade vehicles. And it's electrifying those, too.

Following the concept revealed in Geneva this past March, Mercedes-Benz Vans rolled in to the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show this week with the new EQV – an all-electric passenger version of the van we know in America as the Metris, offering far more space inside than the EQC or even the Vision EQS concept (also unveiled here in Germany).

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Just how much space, you wonder? The EQV will be offered (where it's offered) in two wheelbase lengths, measuring 126 or 135 inches for overall lengths of 202 and 211 inches, respectively. That's as much as 17.6 feet – almost as long as a Maybach S-Class, or roughly two Smart EQ Fortwos parked nose to tail... and taller than either. It can be set up with as many as eight seats and enough cargo capacity to swallow 36.4 cubic feet of stuff. And it'll do it all without consuming a drop of fossil fuel (depending, of course, on how your local grid generates its power).

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Motivating the Mercedes EQV is an electric motor good for 150 kW (or 204 horsepower) and 267 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels at speeds of up to 99.5 miles per hour. The 90-kWh (usable) battery pack will keep it moving along for as much as 250 miles (tentative, by European standards), and will charge up from empty in under ten hours, or quick-charge from 10 to 80 percent in under 45 minutes. So it won't be challenging, say, a Tesla for pace and range. But then you can't fit as much even in a Model X as you could in the EQV.

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