2.1.2019Top 10 Green Cars 2019 - Part 3
Next Green Car takes a look at the year ahead, picking out the best and most exciting green cars due to be launched in 2019 - here looking at the Mercedes Benz EQC and Audi e-tron.
5 - Mercedes Benz EQC
What the ID. is to VW, the EQC is to Mercedes. The German manufacturer is launching its own electric sub-brand - EQ - and the EQC is the first model to come along wearing the three-pointed star. The family-SUV will instantly compete with Jaguar's I-Pace and the Audi e-tron in terms of range, price, and specification.
CCS rapid charging at up to 110 kW and a WLTP range of 250 miles are confirmed, with plenty of performance for most drivers too. The EQ badge will be worn on a number of models - and is already found on the Smart range - but launches with the EQC. Considering the popularity of SUVs and rapidly increasing EV market, it's a sensible choice for Mercedes, and will be unusual as one of the few EVs capable of towing a trailor.
6 - Audi e-tron
Audi's e-tron badge - like efforts from VW and Mercedes Benz with ID. and EQ respectively - will be fitted to a range of models, but this SUV is the first to wear it without any prefixes. Previously linked with the A3 and Q7 PHEVs, the e-tron badge will be electric-only going forward, and the stylish SUV looks fit to wear it.
A range of around 250 miles and capable of charging at up to 150 kW, the Audi e-tron is also the first production car in the world available with cameras in place of wing-mirrors. It's a little more efficient, but greater engineering work has been put in beneath the surface, with the e-tron's brake energy recuperation system claimed to be capable of extending the range by 30% under normal driving conditions.