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Mercedes amplifies the electric van market with 250-mile, eight-seat EQV

Mercedes amplifies the electri...
The EQV debuts as a capable, 250-mile all-electric van for business and private use
The EQV debuts as a capable, 250-mile all-electric van for business and private use
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The EQV debuts as a capable, 250-mile all-electric van for business and private use
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The EQV debuts as a capable, 250-mile all-electric van for business and private use
The EQV becomes the second official member of the all-electric EQ production vehicle family
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The EQV becomes the second official member of the all-electric EQ production vehicle family
Mercedes gives its EQV a more singular front-end design than its ICE-powered V-Class vans, blending headlights and grille into one shape
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Mercedes gives its EQV a more singular front-end design than its ICE-powered V-Class vans, blending headlights and grille into one shape
The EQV rides on 18-in lightweight EQ wheels
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The EQV rides on 18-in lightweight EQ wheels
Mercedes presented the EQV as a concept back in March, quickly following up with the production-ready version
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Mercedes presented the EQV as a concept back in March, quickly following up with the production-ready version
Distinguishing points between the concept and production EQVs include the V-Class-derived bumper design and production wheels
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Distinguishing points between the concept and production EQVs include the V-Class-derived bumper design and production wheels
The EQV powers up in around 10 hours using Mercedes' Wallbox Home
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The EQV powers up in around 10 hours using Mercedes' Wallbox Home
Inside, the MBUX infotainment system with voice control serves as a focal point of the cockpit
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Inside, the MBUX infotainment system with voice control serves as a focal point of the cockpit
With the battery integrated away in the floor, the EQV offers a flexible, spacious cabin that can be set up in a variety of ways
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With the battery integrated away in the floor, the EQV offers a flexible, spacious cabin that can be set up in a variety of ways
An EQ-specific menu offers information about the electric drive and charging
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An EQ-specific menu offers information about the electric drive and charging
The EQV is the first EQ-family van, but it follows the eSprinter and eVito vans to market
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The EQV is the first EQ-family van, but it follows the eSprinter and eVito vans to market
Mercedes hosted the world premiere of the EQV in Germany on Tuesday
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Mercedes hosted the world premiere of the EQV in Germany on Tuesday
The EQV will be manufactured in Vitoria, Spain, along with the V-Class and Vito vans
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The EQV will be manufactured in Vitoria, Spain, along with the V-Class and Vito vans
Mercedes-Benz EQV taillights
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Mercedes-Benz EQV taillights
World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz EQV
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World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz EQV
Head of Mercedes eDrive Vans Benjamin Kaehler speaks at the EQV world premiere
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Head of Mercedes eDrive Vans Benjamin Kaehler speaks at the EQV world premiere
The EQV has an estimated range of 253 miles and an estimated top speed of 99 mph
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The EQV has an estimated range of 253 miles and an estimated top speed of 99 mph
The charging port is integrated in the front-end, as part of the front-mounted electric drive
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The charging port is integrated in the front-end, as part of the front-mounted electric drive
Mercedes EQV sketch
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Mercedes EQV sketch
Mercedes-Benz EQV
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Mercedes-Benz EQV
Charging up the Mercedes EQV
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Charging up the Mercedes EQV
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Mercedes-Benz EQV
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Mercedes-Benz EQV

If you would have guessed a few years ago which major German automaker would be first out of the gate to develop a ground-up electric passenger van, the obvious answer would have been Volkswagen. But Mercedes-Benz snuck in earlier this year with the Concept EQV and promised to ready it before year-end. The production EQV debuted this week makes good on that promise, offering zero emissions driving for up to 250 miles (405 km) per charge. It'll be available in two different wheelbase lengths with up to eight seats.

The EQV isn't Mercedes' first electric van, following the eSprinter and eVito commercial vans to market. It is, however, the first all-electric MPV that will count both commercial and private car buyers among its customers. It's also the first van and second member overall in the young EQ lineup, following the EQC SUV that debuted a year ago.

Available in both 202- and 211-in (514- and 537-cm) lengths, the EQV looks very much like it did as a Geneva Motor Show concept back in March. Up front, it shares the unified grille/headlamp layout with the Concept EQV and EQC, although the headlamp design has been toned down. The front bumper design has also been reworked to better assimilate into the greater V-Class line.

The EQV has an estimated range of 253 miles and an estimated top speed of 99 mph
The EQV has an estimated range of 253 miles and an estimated top speed of 99 mph

Save for 18-in EQ lightweight wheels in place of multi-colored concept wheels, the EQV's profile remains largely the same as the Concept. The rear-end gets cleaned up and badged for production but still includes triple-bar taillights.

The beating heart of the EQV is packaged around the front axle, a 201-hp motor driving the front wheels under power from the 90-kWh battery mounted in the floor. The EQV finds itself with a few extra miles of range over the Concept, offering a 253 miles (405 km) in a provisional estimate that still needs to be shored up into a proper brochure-ready spec. The EQV can dial the speedometer up to 99 mph (160 km/h).

Charging up the Mercedes EQV
Charging up the Mercedes EQV

When using a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home or a basic public charging station, the EQV battery charges in under 10 hours via the onboard water-cooled 11-kW charger. Those looking to quicken things on the move can wire up to a CCS-standard DC fast charger and leap from 10 to 80 percent full in about 45 minutes. The EQV will come with access to more than 300,000 charging stations in the Mercedes me Charge global network, including IONITY fast charging around Europe. Me Charge includes an integrated payment system with invoicing.

Between charges, the EQV's battery recuperation system helps to squeeze out every last mile. Recuperation strength is manually adjustable via a pair of steering column paddles, and an automatic adjustment mode compounds GPS data, road sign information and inputs from the radar and camera sensors to continuously adjust the recuperation level for the most efficient ride.

With the battery integrated away in the floor, the EQV offers a flexible, spacious cabin that can be set up in a variety of ways
With the battery integrated away in the floor, the EQV offers a flexible, spacious cabin that can be set up in a variety of ways

With the battery integrated into the floor, the EQV interior remains as open and flexible as you'd expect from a V-Class. The van will be offered in various configurations, including a six-seat businesslike configuration with vis-a-vis rear seating and two-bench family configuration with eight seats. The 10-in MBUX infotainment system includes voice control and a special EQ menu for EV-related content like charging current and energy flow statistics.

Sadly, as hard as we'll be crossing our fingers, it seems entirely implausible that Mercedes will expand the EQV lineup with a Marco Polo EQV camper van in time for this month's Düsseldorf Caravan Salon. We'll still be keeping our eyes open at Mercedes Düsseldorf booth, but more likely we'll get our first look at the EQV van at its public premiere next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The EQV will be manufactured alongside the V-Class and Vito vans in Vitoria, Spain.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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Gannet
Bring it on!! Very keen to be a green/grey nomad.