Mercedes-Benz EQV tested in winter conditions

25 March 2020, 07:12:44

Mercedes-Benz EQV tested in winter conditionsFor several weeks, the development team of Mercedes-Benz has been testing the first purely battery-electric premium MPV from the brand. The tests have been held in Arjeplog, Sweden under severe climatic conditions - minus 30 degrees Celsius, icy roads, deep snow. This marks the end of one of the last milestones before the EQV market launch in the second half of 2020.

A team of over 30 engineers, electronics experts, and mechanics measured the effects of extreme cold on handling, ergonomics, and comfort, using specialized measuring technology. The starting behavior and low-temperature resistance of the drive components, software and interfaces, and the thermal management of the entire vehicle, were tested in cold cell facilities. Charging behavior in extremely cold conditions has been tested as well. EQV drivers can enter a departure time via the Mercedes me app from the comfort of their home or office, so as to preheat the interior to the desired temperature and melt any snow or ice on the windows. If the EQV is plugged into a charging point, the required electricity does not reduce the range as it is taken from the mains supply and not from the drive battery. This is a plus in comfort.

"In this final winter test, we demanded everything of the EQV – and it performed very well. We used these extensive tests for the last milestones on the way to market readiness", said Benjamin Kaehler, Head of eDrive@VANs at Mercedes-Benz Vans. "Particularly with regard to thermal management, so important to electric vans, we were able to gain insights which will make the EQV safer and more comfortable."

The Mercedes-Benz EQV is available in two wheelbases (3200 and 3430 mm) and with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 3500 kg. It will offer an NEDC range of 417-418 km. It can maintain a steady power output of 70 kW and has a peak power of 150 kW. The maximum torque is 362 Nm. The battery has a capacity of 100 kWh with a 90 kWh of usable capacity. The top speed is 140 km/h and there's an option for 160 km/h. Depending on the equipment, the luggage compartment can be from 1030 to 1410 liters.

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