According to European testing standards, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC is capable of traveling more than 200 miles.
In the original U.S. market release, Daimler claimed the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC could achieve “up to 200 miles of range“. Now, after facing criticism that the figure falls well short of the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace, it appears the company has revised that figure. In a statement made to Green Car Reports, Mercedes’ public relations manager contends the actual estimated range is higher:
“Our colleagues in Stuttgart have advised us that the preliminary estimated range figure for the EQC of 200 miles for the U.S. market is incorrect. For now, we ask that you please use the 450-km NEDC figure (approximately 279 miles). The official U.S. range will be communicated closer to market launch.”
280 miles sounds more like it
Mercedes-Benz listed a range of 450 kilometers in their European press release as the car was unveiled in Stockholm Tuesday. Engineers arrived at that 279-mile figure using NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) standards, which Green Car Reports states is an outdated cycle that produces optimistic numbers. In fact, a new testing procedure has replaced that standard as of September 1. The Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) aims to generate more accurate figures.
While the range figures in both the U.S. and European markets are estimates at this point, it remains unclear how the company reached a 200-mile figure for the U.S.-spec car. 279 miles does bring the EQC on par with its contemporaries. The Tesla Model X manages anywhere from 237 to 295 miles, depending on its battery. Jaguar’s I-Pace can drive around 240 miles before it needs a recharge. Other vehicles in the EV segment achieve similar figures.
The company will start selling the EQC from next year. That launch date puts the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC in Tesla’s firing line as well as its main rival – the Audi e-tron. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!