The Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ is a ‘close-to-production concept vehicle’ which gives a preview of the new generation of the brand’s electric vehicles.
The electric drive system features two electric motors with a system output that can be increased to up to 300 kW thanks to scalable battery components, and has permanent all-wheel drive – with a range of over 300 miles.
Celebrating its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show, “Generation EQ” is the forerunner of Mercedes-Benz’s new product brand for electric mobility, EQ. The name EQ stands for “Electric Intelligence” and is derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values of “Emotion and Intelligence”.
Mercedes-Benz says that the mobility of the future will stand on four pillars: Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric.
The new generation of electric vehicles will be based on an architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models, which is scalable in every respect and usable across all models. The basic architecture is suitable for SUVs, saloons, coupés, cabriolets and other model series.
Similar to the latest series-produced models from Mercedes-Benz, the vehicle architecture builds on an intelligent multi-material mix of steel, aluminium and carbon fibre.
EQ offers a comprehensive electric mobility ecosystem with products, services, technologies and innovations. The spectrum ranges from electric vehicles to wallboxes and charging services to home energy storage units.
With two electric motors on the front and rear axles and a battery in the vehicle floor, the Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ has electric all-wheel drive with axle-variable torque distribution. With a total output of up to 300 kW in the most powerful variant and a maximum torque of up to 700 Newton metres, “Generation EQ” accelerates to 62mph in under five seconds.
“Generation EQ” brings together the latest-generation charging technologies. The vehicle can be charged at home by induction or wallbox or by fast charging. Significantly reduced charging times will come with the introduction of fast charging by the Combined Charging System (CCS). This European charging standard allows for fast charging with a far greater capacity than at present. Currently, charging capacities from 50 up to sometimes 150 kW are possible. In the medium to long term, a charging capacity of even up to 300 kW is planned. This would enable sufficient power for 60 miles to be recharged within five minutes.