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Two electric motors generate a combined 402 hp, enabling a 0-to-60 miles per hour sprint in a zippy 4.9 seconds.

For the US market, Mercedes-Benz said the midsize electric SUV is estimated to drive for 200 miles (322 km) on a full charge, according to the EPA's test cycle. It's bad. It's really bad.

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"With the EQC ... we are flipping the switch", Mercedes-Benz Cars boss Dieter Zetsche said in a statement.

Fast charging: Direct current stations can add 70 per cent battery capacity in 40 minutes. The firm's fully-electric offerings wll number up to 10 by 2022, while more models will gain electrification with petrol- and diesel-electric hybrid systems. With Mercedes-Benz' grand plans regarding EVs in India, this could be one of the first entrants in the country from the carmaker.

It offers day-to-day suitable e-mobility in a very special package: "the EQC is an electric vehicle, and at the same time 100 percent a Mercedes", chairman of Daimler AG and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dieter Zetsche said in a press release.

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Total maximum driving range on the EQC 400 for the European version will be 279 miles, according to the 52-page press release Mercedes released for the occasion.

Production of the EQC will start in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, Germany. The latest video from do the new shows the profile of a serial electric vehicle, in addition, it allows to consider in more detail the individual elements of the exterior and interior. "Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future".

"(However), as we get into volume and further develop the technology - especially on the battery side - we go from thousands, tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of vehicles per year, we see a very good chance for that cost curve to become much more attractive.

The EQC's estimated range is lower than the stated ranges from upcoming competitors like the Jaguar I-Pace (up to 240 miles) and Audi e-tron (over 248 miles), which are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year and in 2019, respectively.

Tesla has had virtually no competition up to now, which has allowed it to easily become the frontrunner and persuade early adopters to pay a premium for an all-electric auto from a relative unknown, with no quality track-record or physical dealerships for servicing and support. The Model X has a range of 237 miles.

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