Mercedes-Benz EQC Now In South Africa
South Africa is at an interesting phase of its life in terms of electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure. More and more manufacturers are bringing electrified models to South Africa and the this is the latest model to join that list – the Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC.
The new model was revealed at the Smarter Mobility Africa summit at Time Square in Pretoria earlier this week. The EQC is an all-electric SUV that employs two motors to produce an impressive maximum power output of 300kW. Since the torque is available instantly, 0-100km/h happens in 5.1-seconds accelerating all the way up to its limited top speed of 180km/h. The top speed may seem a bit questionable, but what the EQC lacks in top end speed, it makes up for in charging capabilities. The Mercedes-Benz EQC 400 4MATIC boasts an impressive range, as claimed by Mercedes, of 450-kilometers and will charge up in 40 minutes on selected rapid charging stations.
“The EQC, the first electric vehicle from Mercedes–Benz brings a history of exceptional automotive design into a new era of mobility,” says Johannes Fritz, Co-CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa, referring to the seamless, progressive design and classic attributes such as quality, safety and comfort. The vehicle has a combined output of 300 kW and an intelligent operating strategy for a superior electric range. The EQC is part of a growing family of purely electrically powered vehicles from Mercedes-Benz,” he said.
“Mercedes is a premium brand and the fact they are premiering their EQC model at the Smarter Mobility Africa summit is very good news – not only showing their commitment to smarter mobility, but also for electric vehicle uptake in South Africa. They are an aspirational brand and this sends exactly the right signals to consumers as we drive home the message of working towards sustainable, smarter mobility,” says Ben Pullen, CEO of Generation.e, organiser of the Smarter Mobility Africa summit.