Mercedes Benz revealed the EQV Concept as a near-production prototype, which is now morphing into a mass-production vehicle wearing the simple EQV moniker. The German company describes the newest addition to the EQ lineup as the “first fully-electric premium MPV” and promises it will deliver emissions-free mobility combined with “impressive driving abilities.” The passenger van will celebrate its world public premiere during this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show from 12 to 22 September
Mercedes first previewed this electric van with the Concept EQV in March at the Geneva auto show and said at the time that this electrified version of the company’s V-class van would have a 100.0-kWh lithium-ion battery. The production EQV keeps that battery size, but the usable capacity is now listed as 90.0 kWh. Mercedes says the EQV will have a range of about 249 miles based on the more liberal European cycle, although official tests have yet to be conducted.
The EQV is practically identical to the concept from earlier this year. That’s good news as the study featured a sleek and balanced design, which stays true to Mercedes’ bus roots but also incorporates modern touches like the sweptback headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. It’s the same story inside the cabin where the EQV is sharing its interior design with the Geneva concept. Interestingly, there’s no engine start-stop button but a traditional key instead, which is rather surprising on an all-electric vehicle. The cabin accommodates up to seven or eight passengers depending on the seat configuration.
Power is provided by an electric drive system mounted on the front axle with a charging port in the front bumper. The system output is 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and Mercedes promises a range between two charges of 249 miles (400 kilometers). Electric power for the electric motor comes from a 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack situated under the floor of the vehicle. A smart water-cooled onboard charger with a capacity of 11 kW allows for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.
The EQV will be produced in Vitoria, Spain, where Mercedes also makes the V-class.