Mercedes-Benz EQV undergoing winter testing ahead of launch (Mark Kane)
Mercedes-Benz EQV winter testing inside the Arctic Circle

The Mercedes-Benz EQV is ready for winter. It will launch in the second half of 2020

Mercedes-Benz released a short update about the development of its second all-electric EQ model, the EQV, which is scheduled for market launch during the second half of this year.

The prototypes are tested over several years in Arjeplog, Sweden inside the Arctic Circle, under severe climatic conditions (as low as -30°C, with icy roads and deep snow) to make sure the production model will be able to withstand normal winter conditions without troubles.

The endurance winter tests of the Mercedes-Benz EQV 300 are nothing extraordinary for the German manufacturer, which seems to use a similar program for all its new models.

"The vehicles were put through numerous complex tests on the test site close to the Arctic Circle. Over 30 engineers, electronics experts and mechanics from Mercedes-Benz Vans were involved: for example, they drove over frozen lakes and measured the effects of extreme cold on handling, ergonomics and comfort, using specialised measuring technology. The starting behaviour and low-temperature resistance of the drive components, software and interfaces, and the thermomanagement of the entire vehicle, were tested in cold cell facilities."

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The test program includes normal AC (up to 11 kW three-phase) and DC fast charging, which in the case of the EQV can be done at up to 50 kW (standard) and up to 110 kW (optional). As we understand, the optional 110 kW capability will be a paid option to unlock.

The premium MPV might win customers' hearts (over ICE) with its pre-heating feature (controlled through an app) to make the interior warm before the trip, and even melt the snow or ice on the windows. If the car is plugged into a charging point, it does not use energy from the battery.

Mercedes-Benz notes also that the heavy battery pack lowers the centre of gravity of the vehicle to a point where it actually "has a positive effect on the vehicle's handling, specifically under winter conditions".

Benjamin Kaehler, Head of eDrive@VANs at Mercedes-Benz Vans said:

"In this final winter test, we demanded everything of the EQV – and it performed very well. We used these extensive tests for the last milestones on the way to market readiness. Particularly with regard to thermal management, so important to electric vans, we were able to gain insights which will make the EQV safer and more comfortable."

Mercedes-Benz EQV 300 specs:

  • up to 405 km (250 miles) of range (provisional figure); 417-418 km (based on NEDC)
  • 100 kWh battery pack (90 kWh usable)
  • Top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) standard and 160 km/h (100 mph) optional
  • Peak output of 150 kW (204 hp) and 362 Nm electric motor
  • front-wheel drive
  • fast charging at up to 50 kW (standard): 10-80 % SOC in about 80 min
  • fast charging at up to 110 kW (optional): 10-80 % SOC in about 45 min
  • Charging time at a Wallbox or at public charging stations (AC charging, 11 kW): < 10h
  • Luggage compartment (max. depending on equipment) of 1030-1410 litres
  • two wheelbases versions with gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 3500 kg
  • available in 6-, 7- or 8-seat configurations