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  • Full disclosure, I used to be the type of guy who had zero interest in electric cars

  • until I rode in one and became a believer.

  • Mercedes just started rolling their brand new, all electric, EQC off the production

  • line and invited Dan and I out here to Norway to check it out from the inside.

  • Let's get started.

  • [Intro]

  • [Music playing]

  • Mercedes has been around for over a hundred years, and even though this is their first

  • all electric vehicle.

  • They've taken that experience and that quality that they've obtained over the last hundred

  • years and put it right into the EQC.

  • They're even building the EQC off of their same assembly lines that they build the gas

  • powered vehicles on.

  • It's all-wheel drive with one electric motor in the front and another electric motor in

  • the rear.

  • Taking a look inside the EQC.

  • Leather everywhere.

  • Fancy stitching on the sides, and a lot of buttons.

  • If you're familiar with driving a Mercedes, you're going to feel right at home in this

  • cuz all the buttons are the exact same.

  • Every aspect of the seat is motorized, along with heating and ventilation of the seats.

  • And my favorite part about the EQC is that it's...since it's a fully electric vehicle,

  • they have some detailing along the sides that mimic electronics, like the fins on a heat

  • sink, or the circuit board patterns on a motherboard.

  • The same type of circuits we see inside of cell phones.

  • We have the same dual screen that we saw inside of the G-Class.

  • You know, you have your navigation sitting right over here and then your speed and power

  • over here.

  • I'll talk about regen in a second.

  • And then up here we have a little hole in the dash where the heads up display shines

  • out of.

  • And the cool thing about the heads up display is that if you're sitting here, you can't

  • see the display, but as soon as you're in the driver's seat, that head's up display

  • positions itself right in your field of view.

  • The head's up display is something that I haven't seen in a whole lot of other vehicles,

  • but it's just sitting right there on the glass, projected from the dashboard onto the windshield.

  • So you don't have to be distracted looking around at, you know, your navigation system

  • when it's just right there projected in your field of view.

  • It does take a second to get used to, but it's not a distraction...or as much as I thought

  • it would be.

  • But yeah, just the quality and the attention to detail inside of the Mercedes is insane.

  • Leather stitching everywhere.

  • I really like the heat sink and the electronic circuit board design all throughout the theme

  • of this vehicle.

  • Coming around to the rear of the car.

  • We have the same fancy leather stitch seats, rear air conditioning, speakers built into

  • the doors.

  • And check out the back.

  • Plenty of room for activities.

  • Power outlets.

  • The seats fold down with just a simple button press.

  • And one of the coolest things that I've seen about this car is that if we press this button

  • here, that drops down a tow hitch down here at the bottom, which is completely concealed

  • until we press the button again.

  • And it should go right back up.

  • It's kind of like the hidden pop up camera on the OnePlus 7.

  • Speaking of pop up cameras, any time we put the Mercedes in reverse, there's a rear pop

  • up camera that sticks out of the Mercedes logo.

  • Pretty cool.

  • So people aren't gonna buy an electric car just tosave the planet.”

  • They're only going to buy an electric car when the benefits outweigh those of a gas

  • powered car.

  • And honestly, I think we're at that point where electric vehicles are taking over the

  • gas powered vehicles.

  • They are more powerful, they have enough range, and just the features are better on electric

  • vehicles.

  • Like take this for example, on the Mercedes EQC, there's something called regenerative

  • braking, or recuperation.

  • So instead of using the brake pedal, the car is going to use it's electric motors to slow

  • the vehicle down and use that inertia, that energy, to put back into the battery.

  • It's pretty cool.

  • So while Dan is driving, on his display we have this super wide dashboard display right

  • here.

  • We can see when he accelerates, we have the energy being used.

  • And then when he decelerates, we see the recuperation or the regeneration where it's actually charging

  • the battery as he's slowing down, instead of using the brake pads.

  • So while we're driving, the front of the two motors is the more efficient motor, and so

  • that's what we're using right now, but when we accelerate, it engages both motors at the

  • same time.

  • And then when we do regen, it's using both motors to slow down the car and put power

  • back into the battery.

  • So let's say you're driving through a mountainous area and you're up at the top of the mountain

  • and you start coasting down using the recuperative braking, you could end up with more charge

  • in your battery at the bottom of the hill than you had at the top of the hill because

  • it charged up the whole way down, using gravity and inertia to put all that energy back into

  • the battery.

  • Which brings me to another perk of electric vehicles, is that there's hardly any maintenance.

  • Yeah, there's coolant running around inside of the battery to keep it an optimal temperature,

  • but it's not something you even need to change out like changing your oil on a gas powered

  • car.

  • And since it uses the recuperation, or the regenerative braking, also, brake pads are

  • something you almost never need to switch out on an electric vehicle.

  • So there's a reason pretty much every single car manufacturer is coming out with electric

  • versions of their vehicles, it's because electric vehicles really are the future.

  • The same type of cultural shift that happened when cars were invented, you know, going from

  • a horse, to a car, to a gas powered car, is the same shift that's coming from gas powered

  • cars to electric cars.

  • The amount of power, efficiency, and speed that you get with an electric car is just

  • that much better.

  • [Music playing]

  • [Dan] Did I get close?

  • [Zack] Yeah, you were way too close!

  • [Dan] It was beeping at me like dee-dee-dee-dee!

  • [Zack] Okay, so when we're charging, there is an 80 kilowatt hour battery in the bottom

  • of this Mercedes, and it is good for about 220 miles, give or take, depending on how

  • you're driving.

  • Obviously more conservative driving equals longer range.

  • And there are over 300,000 charging locations compatible with the Mercedes vehicles.

  • And what's cool about it is that when you put your payment information in the car, it

  • just bills you once a month for all the charging you do outside of your own home.

  • Now obviously the ideal situation is to be able to charge in your own home, drive up

  • to your house at night, plug it in and it has full charge ready to go the next morning.

  • Just like you would with your cell phone.

  • Pretty simple and easy.

  • I think in the past when people thought about electric cars, they were like, 'ah, but on

  • road trips we have to sit and charge forever.'

  • This Ionity supercharging network can charge the car in just 40 minutes, which is pretty

  • quick.

  • You know, stop for lunch somewhere and then the car is completely ready to go for the

  • rest of your road trip.

  • Let's see how it works.

  • So while you're driving, when it knows that it's coming up to a charging station, it will

  • preheat the battery to the optimal conditions, so it can, you know, receive more power into

  • the battery.

  • Charging a cold battery takes longer than charging a warm battery.

  • And it is ready for us.

  • So now I can come out here to the plug itself.

  • We can grab the plug and plug it in.

  • And now it'll tell us that we have 70% battery left.

  • And from inside the car, it shows us we have 71% and it's going to take us 18 more minutes

  • to charge all the way up to 100%.

  • And then when you're done charging, or you have enough power to make it to your destination,

  • just hit stop, unplug, and you're good to go.

  • So one perk that electric cars have over gas powered cars is that they are so much more

  • quiet.

  • There's no rumbling engine or revving, and because of that, you can hear the road noises

  • quite a bit more.

  • And Mercedes has gone through a couple extra steps to quiet down the road noise inside

  • of the EQC.

  • So behind me we can see the front of the car with the front electric motor, which is the

  • more efficient of the two motors, and then we have the battery compartment in the center

  • and the rear motor.

  • So this is the rear of the car, and this is inside the wheel covering, so you can see

  • the recycled materials here and the large foam pads to keep the noise down.

  • And the rear motor back here also has a lot of foam around it to keep the motor noise

  • down as well.

  • So this foam perfectly encapsulates the rear motor.

  • So behind me is battery pack for the EQC, which is located in the floor of the vehicle

  • because it gives it a super low center of gravity.

  • There are 384 pouch style, lithium ion cells inside of this, which is kind of the same

  • thing you see inside of your cellphone.

  • Each of the individual pouches are all wired together into one module and then placed into

  • the larger battery pack that goes underneath the EQC.

  • One thing we've learned from all the cellphone tear downs I've done is that lithium ion cells,

  • which are inside of this battery pack, can be damaged.

  • So Mercedes has made this crumple zone around the outside so if, for whatever reason, the

  • EQC does get in a wreck, that gets the impact and not the battery itself.

  • While this is Mercedes first fully electric vehicle, we won't have to wait long for the

  • rest of the models.

  • They plan on having 10 more electric vehicles by the year 2022, because electric vehicles

  • are the future.

  • So as we're driving, it overlays the street names and where we need to turn.