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Mercedes presents ‘close-to-production’ EV concept at Paris

Mercedes has given an insight into its first dedicated EV, with the unveiling of its Generation EQ concept at the Paris Motor Show.

Mercedes' Generation EQ concept

Mercedes’ Generation EQ concept previews a new generation of vehicles with battery-electric drives

In a statement, the carmaker said the close-to-production concept vehicle – which is named to mark ‘Electric Intelligence’ – “marks the launch of an architecture for battery-electric vehicles across all models”.

Designed as an SUV coupé, the concept uses an architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models, which can be scaled for use across all models including saloons, coupés, cabriolets and other model series.

“The mobility of the future at Mercedes-Benz will stand on four pillars: Connected, Autonomous, Shared und Electric. ‘Generation EQ’ is the logical fusion of all four pillars,” said Dr Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The emission-free automobile is the future. And our new EQ brand goes far beyond electric vehicles. EQ stands for a comprehensive electric ecosystem of services, technologies and innovations.”

The carmaker outlined that the EQ brand will cover all areas of electric mobility, ranging from electric vehicles to wallboxes and charging services to home energy storage units.

The Generation EQ concept uses two electric motors, with a system output that can be increased to up to 402bhp thanks to scalable battery components, and also offers permanent all-wheel drive.

It also features a high-efficiency lithium-ion battery from Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE with a model-specific total capacity of over 70kWh.

The concept also showcases autonomous driving technologies. Using mapping technology from Mercedes partner HERE, the vehicle can automatically adjust the speed and driving dynamics.

Generation EQ is also equipped with Car-to-X technology and can exchange information with the infrastructure and other vehicles.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.