Gradually, electric cars are beginning to appear across various segments all over the world. While the number of electric vehicles available is still minuscule, there’s no denying that virtually every single manufacturer is now investing heavily in electric mobility. Now, without going into the benefits and eco-friendliness of electric mobility, let’s focus on what is currently the most advanced electric vehicle available in the Indian market.
The EQC is Mercedes’ first volume-produced fully-electric product, which is based on the same platform that underpins its best-selling GLC SUV. It’s powered by a brace of electric motors and an 80kWh battery pack. As a result, the EQC maintains the all-wheel-drive functionality of the GLC, and thanks to the instant torque availability, it can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.1 seconds. One of the most shocking aspects of this EV is its instant power delivery, besides the near-total lack of engine noise, of course.
In fact, the electric drivetrain really redefines the driving experience – which is markedly different from that of any fossil-fuel-powered vehicle. With the lack of any kind of engine noise and the instant power delivery, the EQC shoots forward like a bullet fired from a gun with a silencer – its 760Nm of torque available from the get-go is enough to pin you back in your seat.
The all-wheel-drive system makes gaining speed on straights and exiting corners really exciting and quite impressive. The EQC’s drivetrain consists of a single-speed gearbox, but with the flexibility and torque provided by the electric powertrain, you never feel the need for another gear.
However, in terms of handling, the EQC has a few weak points. One, with a kerb weight of nearly 2.5 tonnes, you are always aware of its weight, especially during braking or around a fast corner. There’s no escaping the fact that, for its size, the EQC is very heavy on account of the battery’s mass. Two, the electric steering doesn’t offer much feel.
But, with its premium interior, practical range of 350 kilometres on a single charge (the claimed range is more than 450 kilometres on the NEDC test cycle), and a gratifying driving experience, the EQC makes a strong case for itself. However, the only fly in the ointment remains its near `1 crore price tag, which is a steep price to pay – even for luxury emissions-free motoring.