Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched the EQT, its latest electric van. The small model works to meet the variability and high-quality equipment offered in the T-Class, the EV’s ICE equivalent, while providing customers with the benefits of an all-electric drivetrain.
Available in the near future, pricing for the EQT will start at around $53,483 (€49,000) for the standard length model with the 122 hp (90 kW) electric motor. A long-wheelbase variant will follow the launch of this model later on in 2023. At market launch, this 122 hp (90 kW) version will offer a maximum torque of 180 lb-ft (245 Nm). Its lithium-ion battery sits in a crash-protected location in the underbody in front of the rear axle, and has a usable capacity of 45 kWh.
At work, home, or a public charging station, the EQT can be charged on AC at up to 22 kW using the onboard charger. When charging on DC, depending on the vehicle’s state of charge and battery temperature, customers can use the 80 kW DC charger. With it, a 10% to 80% recharge can take around 38 minutes on a compatible charging point. For AC and DC charging, the electric van has a CCS charging socket and a CCS charging cable included as standard.
Inside the electric van, Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX infotainment system is provided as standard and includes the OEM’s adaptive software. It can be controlled either by the standard 7-inch touchscreen or the touch control buttons on the steering wheel. The system is further compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, enabled through a Bluetooth connection, and offers digital radio (both DAB and DAB+). It is also optionally available with an integrated navigation system and the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant.
The system’s AI capabilities enable its predictive functions, helping it anticipate the driver’s next move. Here, if the user regularly drives to a certain parking space, its destination is automatically suggested once the navigation system recognizes the route the user is taking towards it. At this time, a contextual suggestion for this action is provided for the user to accept, or deny. If the prompt is accepted, all the information about the route is made available.
In addition to digital services such as Live Traffic Information, the EQT offers further digital functions through the Mercedes me portal. This allows customers to receive important information on topics such as the availability of charging stations, charging power, costs or plug type. The Mercedes me app or in-vehicle display can also be used to show the current remaining range as well as the public charging stations in the vicinity, or at the user’s chosen destination.