Mercedes-Benz Pushes Back US-Launch of EQC Electric SUV Until 2021
Called the Mercedes EQC, was launched in Europe earlier this year and generated high customer demand as per parent-firm Daimler.
Mercedes-Benz EQC SUV at Paris Motor Show 2018. (Image: News18.com)
Mercedes-Benz has rescheduled the US launch of its first mass-market electric vehicle: an SUV known as the EQC to 2021. The SUV was introduced in Europe earlier this year, and it reportedly "generated high interest", enough so that Mercedes' parent firm Daimler made a "strategic decision to first support the growing customer demand" in Europe, according to reports. The US is the second-largest car market in the world after China, but it is only on par with, and sometimes behind, Europe when it comes to sales of all-electric vehicles.
One factor driving the availability of cleaner cars in Europe is the strict emissions regulations package put in place by the European Union (EU), which requires automakers to reduce the emissions of their new vehicle fleets by 37.5 per cent by 2030. In contrast, President Donald Trump has spent the bulk of his presidency unsuccessfully trying to roll back Obama-era emissions regulations that are similarly meant to support the adoption of cleaner cars, according to The Verge.
Price of Mercedes' EQC base model is expected to begin at $67,900, less than the $74,800 Audi E-Tron and the $84,990 Tesla's Model X.
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