Mercedes-Benz Vans has recently announced their plan to debut their brand new Concept EQV at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show in March, making them the first premium manufacturer to offer a completely electric minivan.
The electric Concept EQV was first announced during Mercedes’ launch of their updated and redesigned V-Class minivan (pictured above), which initially debuted back in 2014. The EQV electric minivan will be the fifth battery-electric Mercedes model from their EQ-line of vehicles following the EQC SUV, EQA hatchback, EQS sedan, and EQB small SUV, and could potentially serve as direct competition for Volkswagen’s upcoming I.D. BUZZ CARGO electric work van.
In their most recent press release provided via parent company Daimler, Mercedes explained:
“In the MPV segment, Mercedes-Benz Vans will soon be taking the next step and will be the first premium manufacturer to offer a fully-electric model. Thus Mercedes-Benz Vans will consistently expand its comprehensive eDrive@VANs strategy. With the eVito already available and the eSprinter due for market launch in the second half of 2019, the range of fully-electric vehicles will then be extended to include a model series for private use.
Mercedes-Benz Vans will provide an initial outlook on the electric future of its MPV at the Geneva International Motor Show with the near-series study ‘Concept EQV’, which will celebrate its premiere there.”
Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Human Resources and Director of Labor Relations, Mercedes-Benz Vans, commented on the Concept EQV electric minivan, stating:
“With the introduction of the V-Class five years ago, we showed that a stylish and dynamic presence is also possible in XXL format. In doing so, we were able to convince families, leisure adventurers and business customers alike – from Europe right across to Asia. Proof of this can be found in the 209,000 or so V-Class units that have been sold since its market launch as well as in the fact that the vehicle has one of the youngest buyer groups across Mercedes-Benz. At the beginning of 2019, we’ll be continuing this success story. With the facelift, we’re building on the strengths of our MPV in a targeted manner. And we’ll soon also make the next big statement in this segment by expanding our portfolio with a fully electric MPV.”
The Mercedes-Benz EQV electric minivan is expected to reach series production by 2022.