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Mercedes-Benz EQ Electric Sub-Brand Introduced at Paris Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz EQ, MB’s new all-electric sub-brand, was introduced in early October at the Paris Auto Show. Starting with the Generation EQ SUV coupe concept vehicle, the EQ sub-brand (a combination of “electric” and “IQ”) aims to more clearly define Mercedes-Benz’s EV identity.

The CEO of Daimler AG and Head of MB Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, said EQ is ready to launch a full spectrum of electric vehicles, from “the compact to the luxury class.” The SUV segment is the fastest growing in popularity in North America, as well as the least represented in terms of EVs and hybrids, which means starting off the EQ brand with an SUV is a smart move on the German automaker’s part.

Mercedes-Benz researcher Dr. Thomas Weber said the EQ generation of vehicles will be developed based on a new architecture designed for electric vehicles and will be able to adapt to any model from any segment. Mercedes-Benz says the Generation EQ SUV has a range of up to 500 km or 310 miles, the highest range proposed in an electric vehicle yet, higher than the so far unbeaten Tesla Model S.

Described as “electro-aesthetic,” the Generation EQ SUV has an illuminated grille and blue running lights that make it look sophisticated and futuristic, plus a dashboard-spanning combined infotainment and driver information touchscreen. MB says the Generation EQ shown at the Paris Auto Show is close to what the production model will look like, so hopefully we’ll see it on the market soon.

Mercedes-Benz Creates the Vision Van

The future is here… well, at least a preview of it! Mercedes-Benz is pairing up with a tech startup company called Matternet and together they’ve created the futuristic-looking Vision Van.

The purpose of this concept car wouldn’t just be to look good (though it does look really cool) but to also deliver packages. Sure, we already have vans that deliver packages. But the Vision Van would do it a bit differently.

The roof of the Vision Van is actually a launch pad and landing pad… but not for a helicopter, for a drone! Matternet developed Matternet M2 autonomous drones that can pick up and carry a package of up to 4.4 pounds. The drones can travel across 12 miles of sky on just one battery charge! So they’ll have plenty space to roam.

This drone is smart, and even swaps out batteries on its own. It can get all of its information from the Vision Van. This will help in package delivery if the Vision Van is stuck in traffic or cannot access a particular drop-off location. Instead, they can send out their drone!

So maybe sometime soon, you’ll see a Vision Van on the road… or a delivery drone on your doorstep! Isn’t the future grand?