The Mercedes EQC Range
It would seem that after an explosion of a success that the presentation of the first mass produced personal use EV Tesla Model S back in 2012 would show all other old big established brands to act quick on the trend or rather a brand new equally sized market.
Yet the Mercedes has been surprisingly awkward at starting its EV production off as their very first ranges has not been launched into sales well into the end of decade circa 2019.
So kind of similar to how many big established brands like Audi and BMW that decide to branch out its EV production and its ranges to include different car types from CUV hatchbacks to SUVs and sports cars, the Mercedes EQC new range will pretty much center around premium high end sedans and as such will be somewhat comparable to Tesla Model S. So while its performance and comforta are all pretty high and beats out even some more established mid-size EVs on the market based on a very high price being a first range this is not a top-of-the-line yet a more of a mid level of the market.
Surely targeting both casual EV fans and newbies to the EV market looking to keep most power and performance features yet lose out on a price due to novelty of the brand on the first EV car, the EQC range is meant to be more of a personal use or a small family car more than anything due to obvious size limits. Still it was the range that inserted and kept Honda in the conversation.
While surely being in the game of competing with the market leader Tesla, it is crucial to compare the Honda e range to that brand both in terms of specs and looks. So comparing how technically and technologically, not even mentioning comfort wise did this range get to Tesla it might be a quite so close call. With its AWD with 1 to 2 motors depending on the specific variant of the range it is definitely most comparable to Tesla Model S or Tesla Model X as a similar class-performance option.
Mentioning the looks as well - we can say that just like Tesla, Honda has gone the chic route and made its range look like less of a generic mini car with features pretty much as simplified and stylish vibe as it only gets. Its updated range has both a somewhat minimalistic futuristic body form as a sedan and a very minimalistic yet stylish interior finsh with some premium options.
We all know the looks and design are very important for any car range for sure, the specs and performance are truly everything. Based on just judging the EQC range on the merit of it specs and metrics, let's take a look at the fact that depending on the variant its EPA electric range and acceleration vary, as it starts o to 60 at kind of pretty fast yet still lacking to be a true top of the line 4.7 seconds which is not much at all. Unfortunately where it is kind of average to lackluster in terms of max speed or acceleration or other show-off features, it also does not gain in range to improve the impression. More power and performance metrics that make it truly stand out from the rest, including the ever so important for EVs range. This tranlsates to when the journey has already begun, it will deliver you as far as the official EPA rated range of up to 220 mi without a single recharge definitely seems like a relief as many hoped for at least 200 miles so this makes this actually viable for all long-distance travelers bar the interstate.
Premium interior and somewhat mid range specs still do not make it a top ofthe line yet a mid level option as it can be categotized as somewhar higher priced than a few other full-size EVs, which might make buyers or people new to the EV world ignore a lack of some things other top-of-the-line ranges in or close to its size class like Tesla Model S or other offer at a higher cost.
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that combined make for a very satifsfying feeling when inside it on the road.