Mercedes-Benz just announced that its new EQC will come standard with an 11 kW on-board charger as standard. The upgrade to the on-board charger shortens the recharge for the electric compact luxury SUV to just to 7 hours and 30 minutes from 11 hours.
Since the EQC entered production in 2019, we haven’t seen many noticeable upgrades to its specs. However, the upgrade to its on-board charger allows the EQC to be charged at home much quicker at the Wallbox as well as at public charging stations with alternating currents.
Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles have gained popularity around the globe in recent months with 45,000 electric vehicles and plug-in-hybrids delivered worldwide in the third quarter of 2020, with around 2,500 EQC in September alone. With the consistent increase of demand, Mercedes plans to increases production at its Bremen plant in Germany as well as in Beijing, China: “The EQC was the first all-electric vehicle to be integrated into ongoing production at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant in May 2019. It is produced there on the same line as the C-Class Saloon and Estate as well as the GLC and GLC Coupé.”
As far as its battery packs, they are currently produced by Deutsche ACCUmotive at the Kamenz site, Germany, and China. “The batteries for the EQC in Bremen are produced by the fully owned Mercedes‑Benz subsidiary Accumotive at the Kamenz site (near Dresden). In China for China – the EQC and the corresponding battery systems are also produced in Beijing as of the end of 2019 as part of the Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd joint venture (BBAC). Capacities of the sites have been increased step by step since the start of production.”