If you haven't noticed it yet, electric vehicles (EVs) are now all the rage and manufacturers have been churning out plenty of electric-powered sedans, hatchbacks, crossovers, and even SUVs. But it appears that no one has built an electric minivan...until now, that is.
Say hello to the EQV, the world's first premium electric minivan according to Mercedes-Benz. First revealed as a concept during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, it only took the company about five months to make it a reality and it comes with seating for 6 to 8 individuals, over 200 PS, and a maximum range of more than 400 km.
Starting with its exterior design, it may look like any V-Class on the road today. However, since this is an EQ (Mercedes-Benz-speak for their family of EVs), it does get some subtle changes here and there. First off is its unique black front grill which has a similar design to that of other EQs. Then there are the 18-inch alloy wheels which are unique only to the EQV.
Open the doors and the EQV invites its passengers in a cozy interior. Those that have seen the concept's interior before will be happy to know that Mercedes-Benz actually remained faithful to the original design. High-quality leather covers all of the seats and the seating arrangement can be configured in a lounge-like manner. That means passengers can face each other while on the road should they want to.
In standard trim, the EQV comes with six individual seating that offers a comfortable and relaxing riding experience. But for those that prefer bench-style seats, the EQV can accommodate that as well. The result is an all-electric minivan that can carry up to 7 or 8 individuals in total. To keep passengers entertained, the minivan has also been equipped with the latest MBUX infotainment system that comes with voice control, as well as Apple CarPlay.
Propelling the EQV is a front-axle mounted electric powertrain that drives the front wheels. It produces 204 PS along with 362 Nm of torque. It then gets its power from a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which allows it to have a maximum cruising range of 405 km and a top speed of 160 km/h.
Recharging the EQV's battery to 80% can be done in as little as 45 minutes with the help of a DC fast charging system that has a maximum output of 110 kW. Alternatively, a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox home charging system can also be used but it recharges the battery slower.
Pricing of the EQV have yet to be revealed, but with most of the market focused on sedans, hatchbacks, and crossover-SUVs, Mercedes-Benz may be able to capitalize on the premium electric minivan segment. Plus, who doesn't want to ride on a comfy and quiet minivan?