German car-maker Daimler to build 50,000 Mercedes electric cars

Daimler: The German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz has announced to build 50,000 EQC electric cars this year. The company plans to sell 25,000 EQC vehicles in 2019. But only 7,000 vehicles were produced.

Reports says the company is shortage of electric battery cells from LG Chem, due to a lack of production the target slashed to 30,000 from about 60,000.

If the company fails to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions (C02) by next year, there could be huge fines. In 2018, cutting the EU average 130.4 grams of carbon dioxide per km (g CO2/km). The company plans to reduce it to 103.1 grams by 2021. Failure to do so will result in a huge fine of  997 million euros (($1.1 billion).

With the EU’s total carbon dioxide emissions rising by 1.6 per cent to 120.4 grams per kilometer in 2018, consumers are also leaving behind diesel vehicles and towards buying bigger vehicles.Figures for 2019 are not yet available.

The release of the EQC has been hampered due to production problems.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz was recently confirmed the launch of its first model EQC in the Indian market. Mercedes Benz has become the first luxury car manufacturer to launch an electric car in India.

The EQ brand debuted globally at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The Generation EQC Concept was exhibited in Paris. the first series production vehicle from the company’s subbrand, is expected to be launched in the Indian market in April this year. The EQC Edition 1886 was featured on the occasion of the Indian debut.

Reports say that the EQS SUV will be launched in India. The EQC is the first model from Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric EQ brand. EQV, EQA, EQB, EQS and EQE will all be in the EQ brand in the global markets.

The company plans to import the EQC SUV to India once it is fully built. Therefore, there are mechanical similarities with the global model. The Mercedes-Benz EQ SUV is powered by twin electric motors. One each on the front and rear axles. Therefore, the EQC is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) SUV. Running these motors is an 80kWh lithium-ion battery.

Both motors will produce a maximum power of 300 kW (402bhp). Maximum torque is 765 Newton meters. If the battery is fully charged it can travel 400 km.

The Ex-showroom is priced at around INR 1.5 crores in India.

In Sport mode, you can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Top speed was limited to 180 km/h. The cabin features a new design, dashboard, digital instrument, infotainment panel and multi-function steering wheel.

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