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Mercedes-Benz EQC comes with 11 kW onboard charger, replacing old 7.4 kW charger

Written by Nizam Shaikh

German luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz launched the brand’s first production-series all-electric SUV in the Indian market. The Mercedes-Benz EQC features a 7.4kW charger provided by Mercedes-Benz that takes nearly 11 hours to charge. The brand has now upgraded the charging system and has rolled out a new powerful ex-factory water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with 11 kW capacity which means that the 80 kWh battery can be charged in 7 hours 30 minutes from 10% to 100% SOC (state of charge). 

Apart from the wall box charger, the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic can also be charged at home using a standard 15A (3.4kW) domestic electrical supply which takes 21 hours to charge. Mercedes-Benz also boasts to currently have the world’s biggest charging network called Mercedes me Charge which has more than 350,000 AC and DC charging points in 26 countries and the new charging system will also allow customers a faster rate of charging on DC Fast charging systems apart from the Home Charger. 

The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic is powered by two asynchronous electric motors one on each axle, and togather produce 408 HP of power and 765 Nm of torque connected to a 4MATIC driveline. The EQC 400 4Matic claims to return a driving range of around 471 km on a single charge. 

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is underpinned by the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV but features its own unique EQ identity inside out. The electric vehicle features a blanked-out grille with active air intakes, trapezoidal headlamp units, blue elements incorporated in the headlamps, unique alloy wheels with machine-cut, black and blue design, wraparound LED taillamps with a lightbar. On the inside, the EQC features premium soft-touch materials, dashboard integrated aluminium slats with a wraparound effect, 12.3-inch digital instrument screen and a 12.3-inch infotainment system twin displays with latest-generation MBUX operating system and connected car features. 

In the Indian market, the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4Matic is priced at INR 99.30 lakh ex-showroom, India (Introductory Price) and is brought to the Indian market via the Completely Built-Up (CBU) route. Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the brand has delivered a total of 45,000 electric vehicles and plug-in-hybrids (xEVs), worldwide in the third quarter of 2020, out of which 2500 units of the EQC were delivered in September. The Mercedes-Benz global portfolio now comprises of five all-electric models and more than 20 model variants as plug-in hybrids.