The Mercedes-Benz EQV makes its debut in the electric camper van segment, as a complement to the Marco Polo

The Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo has always been a reference in the world of camper vans. It may not have been the most popular (hello, Volkswagen California) but it has managed to rise to the title of the best finished and most avant-garde camper.

How could it be otherwise, the manufacturer of the star has just presented its electrification plans also for its recreational vehicles with a carmperized of the electric Mercedes-Benz EQV. And it had taken a long time.

The Mercedes-Benz EQV enters the camper world

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The vans of Mercedes-Benz They are a dark object of desire for many fans of the camper world. Spacious, with premium finishes and very reliable, they have been a highly removable base for decades.

But the automotive industry is changing, in 2020 the Mercedes-Benz EQV began to be produced in Vitoria as the electric turn of the screw and now, a year and a little later, those from Stuttgart have just presented their habitable version. And it is not just an exhibition model, but a fully functional kit now on sale.

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In this case, Mercedes-Benz has turned to the Swiss specialist Sortimo Walter Rüegg. The conversion consists of three main elements: a lifting roof, a folding bed module for the rear area and a kitchen in the boot area.

The kitchen It includes a drawer system to unfold and occupies a sink, two gas hobs, a refrigerator and various storage solutions.

For its part the bed sits above and can be unfolded to create a regular surface that extends over the folded second-row seats. When folded, the seats can be used normally.

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Sortimo has also prepared a kit with two solar panels capable of producing 400 W which can be installed on demand. This kit can recharge both the EQV battery and the auxiliary battery for the camper installation, although they have not revealed any data on improvement of autonomy.

In addition, the camperization includes blackout for the windows, interior lighting, distributed USB ports and swivel bases for the two front seats, with an optionally choosing a three-seat front configuration. Of what no trace is static heating, something almost vital in a campervan.

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On a mechanical level, the EQV that will be used as a base is sold with two batteries: the EQV 250 with 60 kWh of useful capacity and between 213 and 236 km according to the WLTP cycle or the EQV 300 with 90 kWh h between 326 and 363 km of autonomy. In both cases the power is the same: 201 CV.

In the words of Klaus Rehkuglet (Mercedes-Benz Vans head of sales and marketing) the camper market is of vital strategic importance for Mercedes-Benz and they believe that the future is electric in this sector as well. It is not the first brand to get into this adventure: Nissan has won the game and the Volkswagen ID California is on its way.

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The idea of ​​a 100% electric camper with zero local emissions works very well with the sustainable philosophy of the camper world, but another issue is to solve the issue of limited autonomy for a type of vehicle designed to travel as independently as possible.

They haven’t made any notes on pricing either, but it sure won’t be a cheap conversion. At first, the Mercedes-Benz EQV starts at almost 80,000 euros, and the Marco Polo combustion is not exactly an affordable model, with a price of almost 60,000 euros in its access version.

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