Mercedes-Benz is staking a claim to the future with its new EQ brand, gathering all future tech under one roof as our cars make the general and necessary move to electric power.
As part of this, the inventor of the motor car has unveiled its most advanced (and yet completely realistic) full-electric car yet, the Concept EQ. Designed as a robust and powerful SUV coupé, Highsnobiety got a first-hand look at the concept car over the weekend.
And it’s a beast. Its muscular, sweeping silhouette contains two lithium-ion batteries that power each axel and propel the car from 0-60mph in less than five seconds. A full charge gives you around 310 miles to the battery, with the car able to produce 300kw of power across three driving modes (charging, normal everyday cruising, and its sporty turbo option, known as ‘pure’).
Inside, the Concept EQ’s ‘ambient’ interior design features various touch screens that give sweeping controls, from driving to internal environment and sound. The interior’s ambient lights even react to what the car is doing, too, indicating charging or driving mode, for example.
All this is nothing though if you can’t actually get around. But together with Porsche, Ford and BMW, Mercedes-Benz is building around 400 high-performance charging stations so you can get around. And this is just in Europe, and is before the possible introduction of combustion charging strips laid out in our roads (another distinct possibility in the near-future).
Through the Concept EQ, Mercedes-Benz is arguing for what it thinks should be the defining marks of future cars, handily explained through the acronym CASE: connected, (semi-)autonomous, shared and electric. And while this car encompasses all four, it’s still a concept car. Its road-ready cousin, however, currently named the Mercedes-Benz EQC, is set for release in 2019.
View our exclusive shots of the gorgeous Concept EQ car, above, or if you need more info, head to Mercedes’ site.
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- Photography: Mercedes-Benz