The next taxi convert? The new electric Mercedes-Benz EQV is now on the market

The new battery-electric-powered Mercedes-Benz EQV, the vehicle tipped to become the next taxi convert, can now be ordered.

The EQV combines emission-free driving with what Mercedes-Benz describe as “convincing driving performance, high functionality and an aesthetic design”. The big selling point will however be the 90 kWh battery that enables a range of up to 260 miles (418 kilometres).

The EQV can reach a peak power of 150 kW (204 hp), allowing the vehicle to become nippy when needed.

The EQV charges via the CCS vehicle socket which is placed in the bumper on the upper left side. This also enables the charging via direct current (DC). Thanks to the standard maximum charging capacity of 110 kW at a fast charging station, the EQV can be charged in around 45 minutes from 10 to 80 percent.

Energy recuperation is also high up on its list of features as the Mercedes-Benz EQV also charges its batteries while driving. In thrust or brake mode, the mechanical rotational movement is converted into electric energy and is used to charge the high-voltage battery.

By placing the battery in the underbody, the full range of space is available - without any restrictions inside the vehicle. As a result, the EQV can be converted and used in a number of different environments. Using the flexible installation of individual seats or benches, the EQV can be converted into a 7- or even 8-seater.

In terms of price, the EQV starts gross at €71,388.10 (incl. 19% VAT). That’s a price tag just tipping over the £64,000 mark before conversion costs are added.

Included in the price is a maintenance package for four years - which covers the cost of maintenance work according to the service booklet and manufacturer specifications during this period. As well as that, Mercedes-Benz offer a battery certificate up to 160,000 km or eight years.

Andreas Böger, Head of Sales of New Vehicles Mercedes-Benz Transporter and Vans Germany, said: "Whether for the environmentally conscious family, the recreational athlete or as a shuttle vehicle - our EQV offers superior driving performance, long range as well as a generous range of space - and all this locally emission-free."

Image credits: Daimler

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