As automakers continue to develop all-electric cars, SUVs, and pick-up trucks, Mercedes-Benz has decided to buck those trends by making a zero-emissions luxury van. This is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQV, and it's the first-ever premium electric minivan (according to Mercedes-Benz that is).
The all-new EQV combines the versatility of the V-Class and the zero-emissions of an all-electric powerplant. While it may look like any V-Class on the road, the EQV actually has some rather unique exterior styling elements.
For starters, it has a special front grille that is similar to the ones found on the other EQ models. Then there are its unique alloy wheels that are only available to the EQV. Other than those, one will be hard-pressed to find any more differences between the EQV and the internal combustion V-Class.
At the heart of the EQV is, you guessed it, electric power. A front axle-mounted electric powertrain drives the front wheels of the EQV – resulting in the luxury MPV making 204 PS and 362 Nm of torque. It also has a maximum cruising range of over 400 km. A floor-mounted, liquid-cooled 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides the necessary juice to power the EQV while allowing the van to carry several individuals.
And speaking of individuals, the EQV can seat as much as 8 people in various configurations. Need to carry luggage in the EQV? The electric van has a cargo capacity of up to 1,410 liters thanks to its flexible loading area. To keep passengers entertained, the EQV features a 10.25-inch touchscreen media display complete with MBUX. It has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, intelligent voice control that can be activated by saying 'Hey Mercedes', and real-time navigation.
But since this in an EV, its navigation system is also linked to the EQV's battery charge. Once you set a destination, the navigation system will automatically choose the most optimized route that has few charging stops, and short charging times. The navigation system can also adjust on-the-fly should the driver's driving style change during the journey.
Recharging the EQV to 80% can be done in as little as 45 minutes thanks to a fast DC charging system that has a maximum output of 110 kW. There is also a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox home charging system but it has a weaker maximum charging output.
Sales of the EQV have already started in Europe, with other markets set to follow soon. But could the EQV be offered in the Philippines? Possibly, but with no existing charging infrastructure in the country, Mercedes-Benz Philippines will have to offer a wall box charger for customers to charge the EQV at all times.