Mercedes EQC receives upgraded 11 kW charger, could launch in India in 2021

The Mercedes EQC has received a more powerful onboard charger. The AC charger of the luxury electric SUV is now a 11 kW 3-phase AC unit in European markets and it is expected to come available in a few weeks.

Since its launch in 2019, a downside of the Mercedes EQC has been its 7.4 kW AC onboard charger. Charging from 10-100% SOC (State Of Charge) using this single-phase onboard charger with a Wallbox or a public AC fast charger takes 11 hours. Switch to a 2.3 kW AC charger at home and the time shoots up to 40 hours 45 minutes!

Mercedes EQC charging cable
The water-cooled 11 kW on-board charger (OBC) cuts charging time by 3.5 hours and should be introduced in India next year.

The three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger has considerably reduced the charging time. The 80 kWh battery can be charged in 7.5 hours from 10 to 100 percent SOC either at the wallbox or at the AC public charging station.

The Mercedes EQC comes with a 110 kW DC onboard fast charger as well which allows rapidly charging the battery pack from 10-80% in just 40 minutes. The all-electric SUV has an 80 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack as standard. Weighing 652 kg, this battery pack provides a range of 370-414 km as per the new, WLTP test cycle.

Two motors, one at the front and one at the rear, generate a combined power of 300 kW (408 PS) and a combined torque of 760 Nm. A 0-100 km/h sprint takes 5.1 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 180 km/h.

Charging the Mercedes EQC in India

To recap, the Mercedes EQC is a mid-size SUV based on the platform of the Mercedes GLC. Although the base SUV is assembled in India, the all-electric model is imported via the CBU route priced at 99.3 lakh (ex-showroom India) applicable for the first 50 units. The Mercedes electric SUV is imported from the Bremen plant (Germany) and Mercedes-Benz is expected to hike the price when it orders the second consignment next year. The company has registered a very positive response of the first Mercedes electric car.

Speaking to at the Auto Expo 2020, Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO of Mercedes-Benz India, said he expects that customers in India would charge their Mercedes electric car mostly through the Wallbox solution either at home or at the office where the car is parked for hours at a stretch.

Mercedes EQC interior at Auto Expo 2020
The Mercedes EQC will rival the Audi e-tron in India. The Audi electric car is now expected in 2021.

The Mercedes EQC will compete directly with the Audi e-tron and the Jaguar I-Pace. The competitor from the four-ringed German luxury brand is now expected to land next year whereas the British electric car is confirmed to launch in early 2021.