Mercedes-Benz has revealed the Concept EQT Marco Polo1, a production-ready concept van intended to preview the next EQT. The OEM confirmed that the series version will be fully revealed in the second half of 2023.

In the near future, a Marco Polo Module will offer a practical camper solution for all-electric short trips conducted with the EQT. When the new van becomes available to order, pricing will start from €49,000 for a 90 kW model at standard length.

Based on the long-wheelbase EQT variant, the concept also works to preview a near-production electric micro camper. In fulfilling this purpose, its amenities include a pop-up roof with a roof bed, a folding sleeping facility in the rear, two rows of seats, and a further two bench seats. Also provided is an induction hob and drawer for cooking, and a height-adjustable fold-out table. Mercedes-Benz estimates that these furniture units and more can be removed by two people in less than five minutes, allowing the EV to be used as an everyday vehicle. While its interior technologies have not yet been detailed, the vehicle will feature 7 USB ports – with one in the pop-up roof area, and two in the living area.

A solar panel built into the pop-up roof works with an additional, removable, battery unit that helps conserve range and enhance efficiency. This battery can be removed and recharged at a conventional power socket in the user’s home or at a campsite.

At launch, the vehicle will be offered with an electric motor offering a peak power output of 90 kW (122 hp), while a maximum torque of 245 (180 lb-ft). In the front axle’s underbody, a lithium-ion battery provides a usable capacity of 45 kWh and compatibly with AC and DC charging. On AC, the new EQT can be charged at up to 22 kW through the onboard charger. On an 80 kW DC charger, the van’s battery can be replenished from 10% to 80% in around 38 minutes. A CCS charging plug is included as standard to assist charging on either type of current.

The new EQT will ultimately work to support Ambition 2039, the sustainable business strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Through the plan, it will develop a fleet of new carbon-neutral private and commercial vans in balance sheet terms across the full value chain before 2039. In doing so, the OEM plans to invest €40 billion into the development of new EVs before 2030 – with a variety of electric Mercedes-Benz vans and a dedicated VAN.EA electric architecture in the pipeline.