Mercedes EQC EV charging
The first Mercedes in their electric range.
Mercedes-Benz is joining the EV revolution by introducing their first fully electric vehicle to Australia, the EQC. Billed as an electric family SUV, this is a stylish alternative to the Tesla model X, Jag I-Pace and the upcoming Audi e-Tron. It’s the first of the company’s ‘EQ’ sub-brand, which will soon be followed by a the small EQA fully electric compact SUV, and the EQS electric limousine. We’re expecting seven Mercedes EVs in the country by 2023.
Equipped with an 80kWh battery pack, you can expect a range of around 350-400km on a single charge. The EQC boasts a 0-100km/h acceleration of 5.1s.
AC & DC
One of the biggest differences between EVs and ICE-vehicles is the silent drive.
However, Mercedes has taken this to another level by fitting a ton of sound-deadening material and double glazed glass, meaning that, on most road surfaces, there’s very little obvious tyre roar or wind noise.
One thing worth noting if the heavy use of recycled materials like plastic dredged out of the ocean. Around 100 components including insulation, the motor cover, wheel arch materials, cargo area lining, and the neoprene-like dash top surface, are all made from such materials.
However, don’t think this car isn’t in-line with Mercedes’ luxury branding. The twin-10.25 inch screen display runs the vaunted MBUX infotainment system, which can be controlled by touch or voice commands, there’s a sliding sunroof, leather seats with heating, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
Which electric charge port does the Mercedes EQC use?
The EQC is equipped with a Type 2 CCS charge port. The Type 2 Mennekes connector is what’s typically used at home and at destination chargers. The combination port allows for fast DC charging as well as the standard AC charging.
We are currently recommending the Myenergi Zappi as the best domestic wall charger to go with the EQC.
How long does it take to charge the EQC?
The maximum AC charge rate is 32amp or 7Kw or 40km of range per hour connected. Time to fully recharge at the typical 32amp single phase or 7kw is around 9 hours. This is only possible to charge this fast with a wall charging station such as the myenergi Zappi. If you use a granny slow portable electric car charger (or EVSE) then the time to charge will be take close to 32 hours!
If you have solar panels at home or at the office, then UK brand Myenergi Zappi is the perfect EVSE charger. It's solar-aware technology links into your solar system to ensure you're never pulling from the electricity grid to charge your Mercedes EQC - adjusting the charge depending on the amount of power you're pulling in the house so you always get clean, self-generated power behind your driving!
How to charge the EQC a a public J1772 Type 1 electric car charger
A Type 1 public charging unit and cable will charge your Mercedes EQC at up to 7kw / give you 40 kms per hour of charge.
For a long time, J1772 / Type 1 electric car chargers have been the norm for Australia and New Zealand. The issue for new car owners is there are many charging stations which use the J1772 Type 1 standard which you cannot natively take advantage of.
The answer is this incredibly useful J1772 to Tesla (Mennekes) adapter cable.
This allows you to connect to J1772 Type 1 charging station; simply insert the J1772 plug to charge at up to 7.6kw or 30-40 kms of range per hour. Have a look at Plugshare map pic as an example of just how many J1772 charging stations available in your area!
How to charge the EQC at a public Type 2 Mennekes EV charger
The Type 2 to Type 2 cable will charge your Mercedes EQC up to 7Kw / add 120 km for every hour of charge.
An essential cable for every Mennekes/Type 2 vehicle to enable safe and secure charging from public ‘Universal’ charge points. There is a trend for public charge points to be universal; this means the point has no in-built cable.
The result is reduced maintenance and damage, as well as reduced liability for the owner of the station. If there is no permanently cable attached to the charger then there is less risk of it being driven over or generally being abused. Think air hose in a servo. They are otherwise known as BYO cable chargers.