The launch of the Mercedes-Benz EQC is a big deal. Why? Because when the company associated with the inventor of the very first car – Carl Benz, back in 1886 – starts to take electric vehicles (EVs) seriously, the wider industry takes notice (and usually follows).
The mid-size full-electric SUV called EQC isn’t Mercedes’ first EV, per se, as its parent firm Daimler has explored the technology before, including an early 1970s Mercedes van plus a small amount of full-electric B-Classes and city cars from sister brand Smart, but crucially they were all limited in scope and range – some might even say tokenistic.
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