India-bound Mercedes EQC set to receive 11 kW charger in Europe

The Mercedes EQC is getting an upgrade for faster charging this fall. Around the time the Mercedes EQC launch in India will take place, the onboard AC charger of the luxury electric SUV will be replaced by an 11 kW 3-phase AC charger in European markets, as per a report from mbpassionblog.

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 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 three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger should considerably reduce the AC fast charging time. Also, it will come with a new smooth, non-spiral cable with a length of 5 metres. A new paint option called Mojave Gray will become available by the end of this year, says a recent report.

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 will be imported via the CBU route. It is expected to cost well over INR 1 crore (ex-showroom) when it arrives in the coming weeks. India will get its Mercedes electric SUV from the Bremen plant (Germany).

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.

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, also a mid-size electric SUV derived from an ICE model (Audi Q5). The competitor from the four-ringed German luxury brand is now expected to land next year.