EQC 4X4² prepares the ground for an electric G-Class - and it's not alone
It is clear that Mercedes does not intend to start a serial production of EQC 4X4² - the electric vehicle with the portal axles and wide SUVs, has a key role in developing the next generation of electric SUVs and more than that to bring to the public the option and fun of 4X4 on electricity.
This is at least the position of the Daimler people who are developing this platform.
And underneath, the platform and electric propulsion system of the G-Class all-electric is expected to be formed in the future, just as the boss, Ola Klanius, announced a few days ago.
"What we are examining and presenting to the public is that the future of electric propulsion can also suit tough 4X4 vehicles and travel."
Mercedes (Daimler) is not alone in this matter.
JEEP has already announced an all-electric model that will be introduced soon and even the Land Rover does not very much hide its intentions to introduce an all-electric rugged SUV.
Just a week ago an electric HUMMER was unveiled with insane power and the ability to travel over 600 miles on a single charge.
Next to the Hummer pickup, the Mercedes EQC 4X4² looks almost weak: two electric motors deliver 550 hp and up to 92 kg in a burst of acceleration that will bring it to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds.
The suspensions have a length of 40 cm and a very impressive ventral space, thanks to the same portal axles, of 45 cm.
The benefits of dual propulsion are well illustrated by the Audi ETRON, which reinvented its Quattro system with two electric motors in the rear and a single electric motor in the front (like the HUMMER).
Without a mechanical connection between the propulsion units, the control system can control each wheel individually, regulating the power and speed at which it rotates.
This way you can change the dynamics of the car on the road (help the heavy electric vehicle change direction in its direction) or deal with terrain and the missing grip in it and the lifting of wheels in the air.
There are two challenges currently facing the developers: the self-weight of the batteries (which in a travel car is critical versus the ability to carry food and equipment) and of course charging the batteries when deep in the safari.
Fast DC sockets are still rare even in Israeli territory.
The solution may be independent charging stations to be set up in the field (and of course the green bodies will be "happy" to support it).