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Launch of the Mercedes EQA crossover in Europe with a range of less than 300 miles

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Mercedes promised a range of 301 miles based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which has been largely replaced by the more pessimistic WLTP standard. The EPA standard used in the United States is even less generous, so the range of the EQA will be well below 300 miles if it ever arrives in the United States. For comparison, the Hyunda Kona EV has an EPA range of 258 miles with a slightly smaller battery, outperforming all other EVs sold in the United States except all models from Tesla.

On the tech side, the EQA will come with the automaker’s second-generation MBUX infotainment system with a fully digital, voice-activated user interface. Buyers can choose either two 7-inch displays for the dashboard and infotainment screen, or a 10.25-inch wide dual-screen version.

Mercedes’ predictive “Navigation with Electric Intelligence” feature lets you choose the fastest route based on charging times, weather, traffic and your driving habits. Other standard features include automatic braking and a lane-keeping assist function. With another new feature, the EQA can pump excess heat from the battery to the cabin, much like Tesla does with the Model Y. This essentially allows free heat without draining the battery.

Priced under $ 50,000, the EQA becomes Mercedes’ entry-level EV and should have wide appeal given what looks like a decent lineup. There is no guarantee yet that it will arrive in the United States, although the company has said Roadshow to “stay tuned for more details in the coming months.”

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