Mercedes introduces world’s first electric people carrier

Mercedes-Benz is using the Geneva Motor Show to debut what it’s calling the world’s first battery-electric people mover.

It’s called the Concept EQV and the series production model will only be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show later in the year.

It’s obviously based on the V-Class, but that’s where the similarities end.

The Concept EQV features a compact electric drivetrain (eATS) on the front axle with an output of 150 kW. The electric motor, the transmission with fixed transmission ratios, the cooling system and the power electronics form a compact and integral unit.

Energy is supplied by a lithium-ion battery. Thanks to a capacity of 100 kWh, a maximum range of up to 400 kilometres is realistic.

The concept vehicle can be conveniently charged at home using a Mercedes- Benz wallbox or a regular household plug socket. For even more flexibility in your daily routine, there is also a rapid charging function: within just fifteen minutes, the battery can be charged with sufficient energy for a range of around 100 kilometres.

What’s more, the vehicle offers the greatest possible level of comfort in its interior and maximum functionality, for example thanks to the diverse range of possible seating configurations.

Accordingly, the concept vehicle has a broad range of potential applications covered. For example, in the private sphere, families or sports enthusiasts benefit from its great functionality and variability. Meanwhile, for VIP transport tasks, the vehicle offers a comprehensive range of equipment and convinces with an especially pleasant ride comfort.