EQB – another fully electric Mercedes
We recently had the pleasure of testing one of the most luxurious and technologically advanced “electricians” available on the market. But, of course, we are talking about the Mercedes EQS. With this model, the stewards of the German giant tightened their muscles. They indicate specific trends and solutions on which the remaining electric cars from the Mercedes range will be based, including the hero of this article – EQB. Let us add that the electric Mercedes family is increasing. It already has five models, and in a moment, they will be joined by the sixth EQE. First, however, let’s focus on the most recent debut we took to the workshop.The Mercedes EQB is, of course, an electric version of the previously known GLB model. The electric SUV is available in three versions: 250, 300 4MATIC, and 350 4MATIC. The dealer BMG Goworowski gave us the middle version for testing. The “Three Hundred” is powered by an electric motor that generates 228 HP and 390 Nm of maximum torque. The car offers a 4MATIC all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 8 seconds, and top speed is electronically limited to 160 km / h.
On paper, acceleration to “a hundred” does not knock you down, but remember that this car’s torque is available immediately. Hence, the massive SUV accelerates quickly to 50-60 km / h. The dynamics of the EQB are very positive, as is the driving experience itself. Indeed, the new “electrician” cannot be accused of being heavy. What I noticed is quite a rigidly tuned suspension. The comfort of traveling is somewhat reduced, but it gains confidence in driving.On the 4MATIC versions, the driving force requirement between the front and rear axle is intelligently regulated up to 100 times per second, depending on the driving situation. The drive concept of the Mercedes-EQ focuses on optimizing power consumption by using the rear electric motor as often as possible.
The battery capacity of the tested unit is 66.5 kWh. According to the manufacturer, the EQB can travel up to 420 km on a single charge with this capacity. During test drives in the combined cycle, the average energy consumption fluctuated around 23 kWh per 100 km. If this “burning” were continued until the energy stored in the battery is exhausted – we would travel about 290 km. Pretty decent. To achieve the range declared by Mercedes … you have to try hard. The Eco Assist assistantPerforms very well while driving, which prompts the driver to release the foot from the accelerator, e.g., due to approaching a speed limit zone. In addition, the assistant supports the driver with functions such as sailing or recuperation. Finally, energy recovery itself works very effectively.Based on the road picture, ECO Assist decides whether to move with the least resistance or intensify the healing. Its recommendations consider descents and gradients and speed limits, road mileage (curves, junctions, roundabouts), and the distance to the vehicles ahead. The driver can select the recuperation force manually using the paddles behind the steering wheel. Four options are available: D Auto (Eco Assist optimized recuperation), D + (sails), D (low recuperation) and D- (medium recuperation).
How long does it take to charge the EQB? Using very fast DC chargers with a power of 100 kW, charging from 10 to 80 percent. Takes only 32 minutes (15 minutes of charging is enough for the onboard computer to display the 150 km range). The only question is, who has access to such fast chargers? Exactly.When using wall boxes (alternating current AC, power 11 kW), the entire charging time will be 5 hours. 45 min. Complete charging using a home socket takes several hours of waiting.The EQB, although based on the GLB model, has slightly different dimensions. However, the wheelbase and width are identical, while the “electrician” is 5 cm longer and slightly higher. Importantly, this compact SUV is spacious and can accommodate up to seven people. Still, as the manufacturer himself emphasizes, the row of seats in the trunk is intended instead for children. Another critical piece of information is that the EQB about the GLB did not lose much in the luggage compartment capacity. With the standard seat configuration, the luggage compartment can accommodate 495 liters. This is only 75 liters less than the diesel version.
We look inside. As I mentioned above – it’s a spacious interior. The appearance is a copy of the cockpit made of a combustion GLB. I will not dwell on it because, in my opinion, Mercedes has been composing great-looking, ergonomic and good-quality interiors for years.Of course, the hallmark of the interiors of the latest Mercedes cars is the pane with two screens stretching over half the cockpit. Each measure is over 10 inches. The one directly in front of the driver’s eyes serves as a virtual clock, while the central one is responsible for multimedia.The prices of the Mercedes EQB start at PLN 228 thousand. PLN (version EQB 250). The tested EQB 300 was valued at 299 thousand. Zloty.
How much is the new Mercedes EQB?
Official pricing for the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB hasn’t been announced, but AutoWeek estimates that it’ll likely start around $50,000. That’s about $12,000 more than the standard GLB-Class, possibly putting the fully-loaded models at around $72,000.
Is EQB bigger than EQC?
Mercedes has made some changes in its EV strategy already—most notably deciding not to bring the EQC to the U.S. Already on sale internationally, the EQC crossover is larger than the EQB, but smaller than the two models Mercedes plans to manufacture in Alabama.
Does Mercedes have a fully electric car?
Redefining the automobile once again, Mercedes-EQ launches the all-electric 2022 EQS Sedan. Designed to exceed all expectations, the completely new EQS from Mercedes-EQ is the first-of-its-kind fully electric luxury vehicle. While the EQS is a close relative to the new S-Class, the electric architecture is all its own.