Gargash Enterprises, the authorized dealer of Mercedes-Benz in Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates is pleased to announce the launch of the EQC, the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be launched under the EQ brand. With EQ, Mercedes-Benz has set the scene for the future. The entire know-how of Mercedes-Benz Cars relating to intelligent electromobility is consolidated into this brand. At the same time, EQ is creating a new and unmistakable brand look, just as Mercedes-Benz stands for modern luxury, EQ is pointing the way to the future with progressive luxury. The EQC makes its debut in the region, launching across all Gargash showrooms in February 2021.
The embodiment of progressive luxury, the newly launched EQC flaunts seamless design and colour highlights typical of the brand. A pioneer for an avant-garde electric look, the electric vehicle is accompanied by dynamic performance with two electric motors at the front and rear axles that generate a combined output of 300kW. A sophisticated operating strategy enables an electric range of more than 450 km according to NEDC (provisional figure). EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me, and makes electromobility convenient and suitable for day-to-day motoring.
The overall aesthetic revolves around a conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design. A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. For the first time, the black panel is bordered at the top by an optical fibre as a visual link between the torch-like daytime running lamps as a typical Mercedes-Benz feature. At night this creates an almost uninterrupted, horizontal light band. The inner housings and tubes of the standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are in high-gloss black. Contrasting colour highlights discreetly confirm the model’s membership of the new EQ family: blue stripes on a black background, and MULTIBEAM lettering also in blue.
The high-quality interior features a ribbed edge along the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a “cut-out” in the driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is located – a high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with key-shaped, rosé-gold-colored louvres.
Mercedes-Benz EQC customer benefits in the UAE – Committed to working towards a better tomorrow and reducing its impact on the environment, the UAE has rolled out a series of regulations and exemptions that further encourage its residents to make the switch to an electric vehicle.
- Free public charging: EQC owners enjoy free charging until the end of 2021 through the DEWA charging network. A charging card can be applied for through the DEWA online platform.
- Free public parking across all RTA parking spaces until June 2022
- Exemption of ‘Salik’ tag: EQC owners are excepted from the fee to purchase the ‘Salik’ (toll) tag
- Exception from registration and renewal fees: All electric vehicles are exempted from the additional registration and renewal fees.
Powertrain: Dynamic performance meets efficiency – As the first Mercedes-Benz model to be launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC features an all-new drive system development with compact electric drivetrains at each axle. These give the EQC the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive.
To reduce power consumption and increase dynamism, the electric drivetrains are configured differently: the front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of 300 kW and a maximum torque of 765 Nm.
Mercedes-Benz engineers have enhanced noise comfort with a number of measures. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. This effective isolation is supplemented with insulation measures. As a result, the interior of the EQC is extremely quiet.
The lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh (NEDC) supplies the vehicle with power. The power consumption and range of electric vehicles depend very much on the driving style. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs, each with different characteristics: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and an individually adaptable program. In the more economical driving modes, the haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve power plays an important role. The driver is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel.
The ECO Assist system gives the driver comprehensive support when driving predictively: by prompting the driver when it is appropriate to come off the accelerator. Navigation data, traffic sign recognition and information from the intelligent safety assistants (radar and stereo camera) are linked and processed.
Charging: Flexible and fast – As standard, the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.
Charging at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox takes approximately 10.5 hours for a full charge, up to three times faster than the standard household AC charging. It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC, with an output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station, the EQC battery can be charged from 10-80%, within approximately 40 minutes.
The multimedia system MBUX: with EQC-specific functions – The EQC features the innovative multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – which has numerous EQ-specific functions such as the display of range, charge status, and energy flow. EQ-optimized navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.
The MBUX display has a special EQ tile where numerous EQ features are grouped. Alternatively, the user can access the EQ menu of the MBUX system directly using a key in the lower left control panel. Thanks to natural language recognition, the EQ-specific voice control helps the driver to operate the EQC.
Intelligent services: Relaxed travel from start to finish – EQ with Mercedes me provides comprehensive services for the electromobility of today and tomorrow. The most important new services and functions of the EQC planned for market launch include:
Pre-entry climate control: This ensures that the vehicle interior is already at the desired temperature on departure. It can be programmed directly via MBUX or via the Mercedes me phone app. A sophisticated system with a heat pump and electric heater boosters pre-climatizes the interior.
The EQC also meets the highest requirements with respect to passive safety: in addition to the usual, extensive program of crash tests, Mercedes-Benz applies further, particularly stringent safety standards to the battery and all component parts carrying electrical current. These standards exceed legal requirements. The vehicle structure of the EQC has been adapted to suit the special requirements of the electrical components and battery and is configured to achieve the usual high safety level.
Mechanical protection of the battery: the high-safety design begins with the installation position of the high-voltage battery beneath the vehicle floor. The energy storage unit is surrounded by a stable frame that can absorb energy. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery, and these are able to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact. A battery guard in the front area of the battery is able to prevent the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.
Electrical protection of the high-voltage system: the extensive experience of Mercedes-Benz with high-voltage drive systems has led to a multi-stage safety concept that deploys in the event of an accident. The high-voltage system automatically shuts down, reversibly or irreversibly, according to the severity of the accident. There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually.
UAE: Starting price and charging stations
Starting at AED349,900, the EQC requires a DEWA ‘green charger card’, that would enable users to find their nearest charging station using DEWA’s green charger location map. Alternatively, customers can use the Plugshare website and smartphone application to understand the available type of charging stations and plugs around the area.
EVLAB Intros UAE’s First Electric Vehicle Marketplace App
EVLAB, the multi-brand electric vehicle start-up, has made adopting a sustainable lifestyle easier for drivers in the UAE with the launch of the EVLAB App, an all-in-one mobility app to rent, lease and host their EVs in the UAE with phase 2 to include buy and sell electric vehicles (EVs) available in the Middle East. EVLAB’s new one-stop marketplace app addresses a growing desire among consumers in the Middle East to make a switch to sustainable mobility solutions. Electric vehicle sales have seen rapid growth in the region, with an increase of 72 per cent during 2020 alone.
In line with the goals of COP28, EVLAB is committed to reducing CO2 emissions and fostering sustainable mobility in the Middle East, striving to play a pivotal role in catalyzing positive transformation. The new platform supports the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative, which is a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions and make the Emirates the first nation in the MENA region to do so. The app also complements other sustainability initiatives in the country, including the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030, which has resulted in the installation of more than 1,000 public charging stations across the UAE.
The EVLAB App allows eco-conscious drivers to browse a unique collection of electric vehicle brands available in the Middle East and take advantage of EVLAB’s expertise to understand the benefits of electric vehicles and make a seamless transition to sustainable transportation. Drivers can consider short-term rentals, leasing or hosting their electric vehicles through a seamless and hassle-free user journey.
The booking process is straightforward with easy navigation using the rent, lease, host and chat tabs on the homepage. Users can filter options based on brand preferences and features, such as performance and range, to save time and effort in finding an electric vehicle that suits their requirements and budget. All the listed cars and their hosts are vetted to guarantee authenticity and quality of service by the owners. In phase 2, electric vehicle owners can also conveniently sell their vehicles on the platform with guidance from EVLAB’s experts at every step of the way.
“With the accelerated pace of climate change, the adoption and transition to e-mobility is inevitable. At EVLAB, our ongoing goal is to consistently reduce emissions, and we are proud to say that we have successfully saved a cumulative total of 76,174 kilograms of CO2 to date and will further reduce with the EVLAB app. The all-in-one EVLAB App complements our EVLAB website with a broader range of functionality and services to make the eco-mobility journey easier for drivers in the region. The app allows users to rent, lease and host their electric vehicles seamlessly in a safe and trusted marketplace. As battery technology is rapidly evolving, the range of electric vehicles today will become obsolete in two to three years, so this model of renting and leasing becomes more attractive than buying. Consumers will have the additional ease of choosing their preferred electric vehicle based on their budget and lifestyle by selecting from a variety of options, including performance, acceleration, range, and charging times,” said Kevin Chalhoub, CEO and Founder of EVLAB.
Hyundai Launches the All-Electric IONIQ Range
Hyundai Motor Middle East and Africa Headquarters unveiled its sustainability and electric mobility plans at a media event held at the SEE Institute in the Sustainable City, Dubai. The event featured the debut of Hyundai’s electric car range under the IONIQ sub-brand, showcasing the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 models.
Bryan Park, Head of Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa Headquarters, emphasized Hyundai’s commitment to humanity’s progress through pioneering electric technologies. He stated, “Today, we are proud to launch our sustainable strategy and our confident direction towards electric mobility, aligning with the ambitious plans of Middle East countries for emissions-free transportation.”
Suliman AlZaben, Director of Hyundai UAE, expressed pride in Hyundai UAE’s role in the electric revolution, highlighting the company’s dedication to providing environmentally friendly, innovative, and efficient transportation.
The event included a hands-on experience for attendees, enabling them to drive the IONIQ 5 and IONIQ 6 fully electric cars. The IONIQ 5, inspired by Hyundai’s ’45’ EV concept, boasts a unique exterior design, spacious interior, and sustainable features. Its 531-litre trunk space and eco-friendly materials, including recycled PET bottles, emphasize Hyundai’s commitment to sustainability.
The IONIQ 6 Electrified Streamliner, a new addition to the IONIQ lineup, was also introduced. With an estimated electric range of over 610 km, this model showcases Hyundai’s advanced technologies, personalized interior space, and fast charging capabilities.
IONIQ 6’s interior, leveraging the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), prioritizes comfort with Dual Color Ambient Lighting, Relaxation Comfort Seats, and a customizable driving experience through the EV Performance Tune-up system. The vehicle supports both 400-V and 800-V charging infrastructures, allowing for an 18-minute charge from 10% to 80% with a 350-kW charger.
Notably, IONIQ 6 is the first Hyundai model to feature Over-the-Air (OTA) Software Updates, allowing drivers to enhance controllers for electric devices, autonomous driving, and more, ensuring a safer and more convenient driving experience. The advanced driver assistance systems, including Highway Driving Assist 2 and Smart Cruise Control, prioritize safety on the road.
Inter Emirates Motors Intros Four Electric Vehicles (EVs) From MG Motor
Inter Emirates Motors has announced the introduction of four innovative electric vehicles (EVs) from MG Motor, marking a significant stride in bolstering sustainable mobility across the United Arab Emirates. The introduction of MG4, MG Marvel R, The New MG ZS EV, and MG HS PHEV to the UAE market brings forth a suite of vehicles that seamlessly blend performance, efficiency, and eco-friendly technology, catering to a diverse range of consumer preferences and driving needs.
The recently launched MG4 is a compact electric hatchback that is set to redefine sustainable mobility in the United Arab Emirates. The MG4 Electric is not just a vehicle; it’s a statement on wheels, offering a Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) design, ensuring optimal weight distribution and a nimble driving experience.
The MG4 is powered by an E-Motor that promises 180kW power and features 3-Level Energy Recovery, presenting a perfect amalgamation of performance and efficiency. With its sleek design, interactive ambient light with 64 colours, a 12-inch full virtual dashboard, and a 10-inch touchscreen, the MG4 is a testament to MG Motor’s commitment to providing technologically advanced vehicles without compromising on style or performance.
Mohamed Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Inter Emirates Motors, stated, “The introduction of the MG4 to the UAE market marks a significant milestone for both Inter Emirates Motors and MG Motor. This vehicle is not only a testament to the innovative spirit of MG Motor but also aligns seamlessly with the UAE’s vision for sustainable and technologically advanced mobility solutions. We are incredibly excited to offer our customers not just the MG4, but three more vehicles that perfectly blend performance, technology, and sustainability.”
The MG Marvel R Electric, a mid-sized SUV, is equipped with a large module cell pack solution, ensuring a longer range and employs hair-pin winding technology in its electric motors, guaranteeing an efficient and powerful driving experience. The MG ZS EV, a practical and well-equipped small electric family car, introduces a new long-range version, offering an impressive range at an affordable price, making electric driving accessible to a wider audience.
Lastly, the MG HS PHEV combines the best of both worlds with its plug-in hybrid technology, offering various interior colour options, ambient light, a driving mode selection with a Super Sport button, and sport synthetic leather seats, ensuring a comfortable and dynamic driving experience.
These models are pivotal in aligning with the UAE’s vision towards sustainability and reducing carbon footprints. With the UAE’s robust infrastructure for EVs and a growing emphasis on adopting green vehicles, these models from MG Motor represent not only a luxurious and technologically advanced driving option but also a step towards eco-friendly mobility.
Hisham ElSahn, General Manager of Inter Emirates Motors, added, “The addition of the MG Marvel R, MG ZS EV, and MG HS PHEV to our portfolio underscores our dedication to providing diverse and sustainable mobility solutions. These models are equipped with cutting-edge technology and provide efficient, yet powerful performance, ensuring that our customers in the UAE experience the future of driving, today.”
Review: SONOS Move 2
In the ever-evolving landscape of audio technology, SONOS has consistently been a name synonymous with quality and innovation. The SONOS...
Review: GameSir T4 Cyclone Pro Midnight Wireless Controller
The gaming peripherals market is inundated with a plethora of controllers, each vying for attention with unique features and design...
Review: Huawei MatePad 11-inch PaperMatte Edition
Huawei has long been a prominent player in the tech industry, consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation. The Huawei MatePad...
Review: Lexar Jumpdrive Fingerprint F35
In the fast-paced world of data storage, security is paramount. Lexar, a well-known player in the storage solutions market, has...
Review: Corsair MP700 Pro PCIe Gen5 X4 NVMe M.2 SSD with Cooler
Corsair has launched the new MP700 Pro PCIe Gen5 X4 NVMe M.2 SSD with a Cooler that stands out as...