The new Mercedes-Benz EQV is now available to order in the UK with prices starting from £70,665 for the EQV 300 Sport, £72,895 for EQV 300 Sport Premium and £77,145 for the EQV 300 Sport Premium Plus. The first deliveries should be made this autumn.
On continental Europe, the EQV has been up for order since May this year. Now in the UK, customers can order what Mercedes calls a ‘large capacity sedan’ or what could be called a small passenger van targeted towards “the environmentally-conscious family, the recreational athlete or as a shuttle vehicle”.
The EQV’s interior dimensions are the same as those of the standard V-Class and it can be used as a six, seven or eight-seater. Although the EQV will be built in two sizes, only the long-wheelbase variant will be sold in the UK. Mercedes has made model lines available including Sport, Sport Premium and Sport Premium Plus.
Thanks to its 90 kWh battery, the EQV’s electric motor can generate 204 hp (150 kW) and 364 Nm. The all-electric small passenger van has a range of up to 213 miles – which translates as around 342 km, although the continental version was given a preliminary range specification of 405 kilometres was increased to up to 418 kilometres after the final WLTP homologation.
The battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in only 45 minutes using a rapid DC charger. Mercedes me Charge can also be accessed via MBUX and allows access to charging points throughout the UK and continental Europe without the need for multiple accounts and RFID cards. Mercedes me Charge is comprised of a number of different charging networks and includes UK’s largest charging network, Polar.
The EQV for the UK will be manufactured alongside the combustion engine Vito and V-Class at the Mercedes Vitoria commercial vehicle factory in Spain, which the German carmaker says means that production can be easily adjusted to suit customer demand. For those looking for a lower price version, Mercedes has already said a less premium version is unlikely, given the availability already of the more commercially oriented e-Vito and the imminent arrival of the new e-Sprinter.
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