The Indian auto industry is jolted by the COVID-19 outbreak and almost every launch, investment and expansion plan is being reviewed. Martin Schwenk, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India had earlier confirmed in one of his interactions that the Mercedes EQC’s launch had been affected by COVID-19.
While presenting the 2020 Mercedes GLS for India through an online presentation yesterday, Schwenk confirmed that the EQC would be launched in the country within a few weeks.
It is learned that Mercedes-Benz India has reprogrammed the EQC’s launch with the launch edition coming in as a CBU and the electric car eventually shifting to a CKD manufacturing. Expect the price of Mercedes’ first electric car to be north of INR 1 crore (ex-showroom).
In an interaction with NDTV carandbike on April 10 (via Youtube.com) Schwenk said that it is unusual for Mercedes-Benz as they had already committed a date and worked to get the EQC and the network ready for it. The company was prepared and ahead of schedule in the middle of March but the lockdown had forced them to push the launch.
Mercedes-Benz announced in January its launch plans for its first model in the EQ line-up, the Mercedes EQC, making it the first luxury manufacturer to launch an electric car in India. To be brought in as a completely built unit, the EQC will have a high price tag and the company is looking to gauge the response of the customers towards electric vehicles selling limited numbers initially. The Mercedes EQC will be powered by a 80 kWh battery pack and returns a range of 450 km (NEDC cycle) in a single charge. The electric SUV supports fast charging and can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 40 minutes with a 110 kW DC fast charger. The vehicle was displayed at the Auto Expo in February and was spotted on pre-launch tests in March.
Mercedes-Benz is expected to equip dealerships with fast-chargers for customers, apart from offering wall box installations. Schwenk believes that the EQC will mostly be used for city commutes and the range will be enough, supported by the wall box at home or office.