Mercedes-Benz will launch the new compact SUV GLB in 2021 and turn it into a fully electric car called EQB at the same time. The carmaker also presented a special edition of its EQC EV.
The EQB is related to the Mercedes-Benz GLB, which besides the all-electric cousin, will get a plug-in hybrid version too. Rumors say that EQB could be rated at 500 km (310 miles) of range under WLTP, while the GLB EQ Power will have up to 62 miles (100 km) of all-electric range.
Mercedes-Benz also unveiled a limited EQC edition at the New York International Auto Show. The EQC Edition 1886 comes in a unique trim that mostly concerns lux upgrades to the interior and exterior. The electric Mercedes will soon be available in Western Europe, although “soon” is relative.
The standard EQC, which Mercedes says has sold out before it is even on the market, will not be seen until the end of this year. While Daimler set deliveries to begin this June, only “a few VIP customers” will receive the car. All others may wait as dealers will not receive quantities of the electric SUV until
For production, Mercedes has designated the plant in Bremen, where they also make the C-Class and the GLC. Besides, the joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) is preparing for the start of EQC production in China with on-sale slated for this year as well. Future EV manufacturing will include Rastatt and Sindelfingen in Germany and the Tuscaloosa site in the US.
By 2022, Mercedes plans to offer more than ten all-electric models across multiple vehicle segments and calculates that electric cars will account for 15% to 25% of revenue by 2025.