Mercedes Has Begun Testing Its EQ All-Electric Platform

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Spy photographers have caught a development mule for the Mercedes-Benz EQC testing in Sweden.

The German automaker is developing a new platform that will underpin its range of electric vehicles, and to keep the design of its first model a secret the company is using the body of a Mercedes GLC. The modular platform being developed will be able to accommodate a wide range of sizes and models, with the German automaker expected to develop at least two SUVs and a sedan in the near future.

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The first has already been previewed by the Mercedes Concept EQ, which will be a crossover sporting coupe-like styling. The concept featured two electric motors that provided around 400 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with a claimed driving range of about 310 miles. The platform is comprised of an intelligent mix of materials including steel, aluminum and carbon fiber.

Essentially, the EQ sub-brand is similar to BMW’s i which currently features the i3 and i8 models.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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