The $35,000 is just the starting price of course. That’s for the entry-level 220 mile range Model 3. It does 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, but if you’re prepared to pay extra, a “long range” version will crack 60 in 5.1 seconds and does 300 miles on a single charge. Unlike Tesla’s S and X models, if you buy a Model 3, don’t expect to get free use of Tesla’s Supercharger network, but you can pay per use. The Model 3 seats five, features Tesla’s Autopilot system (if you pay extra for it) and information in the minimalist cabin is all displayed through a single, landscape-orientated 15-inch centre display screen.
Mercedes plans to introduce 10 electric “EQ” models by 2022, and it’ll start with this – the EQC, which will be similarly sized to the firm’s mid-sized, premium GLC SUV. Officially unveiled on 5 September 2018, the new Mercedes EQC (or EQC 400 4MATIC) is an all-wheel drive SUV, equipped with an 80kWh battery, claiming to give you around 200 miles of range. It will charge to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes.
The 400 in the name comes from the 402hp that the motors will generate, taking this car to 60mph in 4.9 seconds. It will be limited to a top speed of 112mph. The interior evolves from the current futuristic design you’ll find on modern Mercedes SUVs.
The Mercedes EQC will go into production in 2019 and will be available from 2020.