Mercedes-Benz introduces an EQV-based electric MPV that can be used for outdoor camping activities. This eco-friendly car is the result of a collaboration between Swiss Sortimo Walter Rüegg PLC and is available in the European market.
This electric MPV features a pop-up roof with an optional integrated bed and solar panels, a modular bed unit for the rear compartment and a kitchenette unit for the luggage compartment. In addition, the EQV model can still be used as a passenger van with rear seat placement.
Klaus Rehkugler, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes Benz Vans, said that, “Electric cars are of strategic importance to the company, adding that the future of automotive is electric cars.”
Camping activities are increasingly felt inside the cabin with tinted rear windows, interior lighting, USB port for charging their devices, MBUX infotainment system plus swivel seats in front.
The kitchen in the back has everything you need to prepare meals in the wild including a sink, detachable two-rig gas stove, fridge case, and drawers for storing cutlery, cooking utensils and food supplies. It's all combined in a compact box that fits nicely into an EQV boot, leaving room for a folding bed above.
Modules are designed to be light, as weight is an important factor of electrical coverage. In addition, the roof-mounted solar panels can generate 400 watts, contributing to the charging of starter batteries and additional batteries for camping.
The EQV is available in two different sizes, namely 5,140 mm or 5,370 m. The MPV is equipped with an electric motor that produces 201 hp and 362 Nm (267 lb-ft) of torque which sends power to the front axle.
In terms of battery, the EQV 250 has a 60 kWh unit that allows a WLTP range of 213-236 km, while the EQV 300 has a larger 90 kWh battery that offers a further range of 326-363 km. To charge from 10-80 percent takes 45 minutes when connected to a 110 kW fast charger.