Say hello to the newest member of the EQ family.
Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled the EQV Concept previewing the electric van of the future. Five months after the concept's debut, the production version has broken cover online ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. This is the second Mercedes model to join its EQ range after the EQC SUV.
Following the eVito and eSprinter, the EQV is the first electric van designed for commercial and private use. Mercedes describes the EQV as the "first fully-electric premium MPV" that "combines emissions-free mobility with impressive driving abilities, high functionality and aesthetic design."
"Our MPVs meet the highest standards in terms of functionality and variability. The EQV also does not compromise in this respect. It offers comfortable handling, dynamic electro-aesthetics, intuitive operation and generous space – and all locally emissions-free. This means that it offers all of the typical qualities of the brand and segment that our customers expect, whether as a family car or a shuttle vehicle with a lounge-like character", said Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.
An electric powertrain mounted on the front axle with a charging connection in the bumper produces 201 horsepower, enabling the EQV to hit a top speed of 99 mph. Power is provided by a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery located under the floor to prevent compromising the handling or interior space. and a water-cooled on-board charger with a capacity of 11 kW is equipped as standard, allowing owners to charge the EQV using a home AC charger or public charging stations. Fully charged, the EQV delivers an estimated driving range of 251 miles. Using a 110-kW charger, Mercedes claims it takes less than 45 minutes to charge the EQV from 10 to 80 percent.
Like the EQC, the EQV features a black panel radiator grille with chrome fins and a clean side profile, resulting in a sleek design. It also rides on EQ-specific 18-inch wheels. Inside, the spacious interior has room for up to eight occupants and features blue leather trim with contrasting rose gold accents, along with a 10-inch touch screen with Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system.
Pricing details haven't been confirmed yet. Mercedes also hasn't confirmed if the EVQ will be available in the US, but it seems unlikely since the Mercedes V-Series vans have never been sold Stateside.