Mercedes-Benz EQT EV people-mover revealed


2022-12-07 08:30:04

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the people-mover version of the eCitan van called the EQT in Germany, alongside a near-production Concept EQT Marco Polo camper van.

The Mercedes-Benz EQT is essentially an all-electric version of the T-Class people mover which shares its bones with the Renault Kangoo.

Renault even offers an electric version of the Kangoo called the Kangoo E-Tech Electric which is available in both people-mover and panel van configurations. The latter of these options is set to arrive in Australia in early 2023.

It’s unclear if the Mercedes-Benz EQT will be coming here though, as Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has historically said it’s assessing the suitability of the related Citan, eCitan, and T-Class models. No official decision to launch these models have been made yet.

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The previous-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan never launched in Australia because it wouldn’t have received a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

The Mercedes-Benz EQT is powered by a single electric motor producing 90kW of power and 245Nm of torque, sending drive to the front wheels only.

This is mated to a 45kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Mercedes-Benz claims the EQT has a range of 280km according to WLTP testing, with a combined consumption of 18.99kWh/100km.

The EQT comes with a Type 2/CCS combination charging plug and can be charged at a maximum of 80kW when plugged into a DC fast charger. Mercedes-Benz claims that charging at this speed from 10 to 80 per cent will take 38 minutes.

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The electric people mover can also charge at up to 22kW when plugged in at an AC wallbox.

The Mercedes-Benz EQT will initially be available in short-wheelbase form with five seats, with a long-wheelbase variant with seven seats set to follow in 2023.

The short-wheelbase EQT measures in at 4498mm long, 1859mm wide, and 1819mm tall.

As noted above, Mercedes-Benz also revealed the near-production Concept EQT Marco Polo camper van which is based on the long-wheelbase EQT.

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This concept camper van provides a glimpse at the production EQT Marco Polo which is still in development according to Mercedes-Benz.

It has some interesting camper van-related features including a pop-up roof with an integrated solar panel and a roof bed, removable battery unit, 16L refrigerator box, drawer system, induction cooktop, removable gas cartridge cooker, fold-out table, black-out rear windows, and other storage compartments.

Mercedes-Benz currently has a number of battery-electric van models, including the eVito, eVito Tourer, EQV, and eSprinter.

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Both versions of the eVito and EQV are already on sale in Australia, with the updated eSprinter set to arrive in 2024 with a claimed range nudging 500km.

From 2025, all new Mercedes-Benz architectures will be electric as the brand plans to be fully EV by the end of the decade “wherever market conditions allow”.

That means there’s a new, dedicated EV architecture for the company’s vans. Called VAN.EA, it’ll be launched “from the mid-2020s”.

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