Interested in Auto Mechanic Courses? Take a Look at the Electrifying Mercedes-Benz EQC
If there were any doubts that electric vehicles are going to play a big role in the future of the automobile, they are quickly being put to rest by the flurry recently-announced high-end electric vehicles. Jaguar, for example, has already rolled out its all-electric I-Pace while Audi is getting set to release its own all-electric vehicle, the e-Tron. Now Mercedes-Benz is jumping into the fray with its soon-to-be-released EQC.
Let’s take a look at what the German automaker has planned for its much anticipated all-electric SUV and when you can expect to see it on the roads.
The EQC Is the First Entry in Mercedes-Benz’s Upcoming Family of Electric Vehicles
The EQC is not Mercedes-Benz’s first electric vehicle, but it is its most important. Mercedes already produces an electric version of the Smart car as well as an electric version of its compact B-Class. However, the EQC is an SUV, and if you’ve driven by any dealership lately, you’ll know SUVs are hugely popular right now. As a result, the EQC is aimed at a much larger market than the carmaker’s previous electric vehicles have been.
Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz is not stopping with the EQC. Instead, the company is creating a new EQ lineup of vehicles that will feature 10 different all-electric vehicles by 2022. The EQC is only the first entry in that lineup.
Mercedes-Benz’s Choice to Make an Electric SUV Is About More than Sales
While SUVs are hugely popular right now, the decision to make the EQC an SUV wasn’t driven entirely by potential sales figures. Instead, because SUVs are larger than most passenger vehicles, it means that there is more space for the EQC’s very large 80 kWh lithium-ion battery. That battery weighs a hefty 650 kg (which is about a quarter of the vehicle’s total weight), but thanks to the SUV’s large chassis the battery can be stored low to the ground and underneath the floor. That placement has the added benefit of muffling road noise, so the EQC produces a remarkably quiet ride while you’re inside it.
Students in Auto Mechanic Courses Know That Performance Is What Counts
Of course, if you’re the type of person who is interested in an auto mechanic training program, you might want to know more about what’s under the hood of this vehicle than how quietly it rides. Performance is what counts and the EQC can definitely hold its own when compared to other high-end electric vehicles. While the EQC’s range hasn’t yet been rated for the North American market, we know that according to European ratings it can go about 450 km before needing to be recharged. It also has an impressive combined 402 horsepower.
Canadians Will Have to Wait a Bit Longer Before Driving Their First EQC
While you may be eager to try out one of these EQCs, don’t expect to see them very soon after you complete your auto mechanic courses. That’s because while a limited number of VIP customers will get their EQCs in June, the vehicle is only being released for the European market later in 2019. Furthermore, the EQC won’t be showing up at dealerships in North America until 2020. Even so, it’s still a release many are looking forward to!
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