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Mercedes-Benz Hits Brakes on Selling EQC Electric SUV in U.S.


Mercedes-Benz dealers will be happy to sell you a luxurious sedan, SUV, or sports car, but don’t go looking for one that’s all electric any time soon.

Speaking with Autoblog, a Mercedes-Benz representative confirmed that the new EQC electric crossover isn’t bound for American showrooms any time soon.

“Following a comprehensive review of market developments, the EQC will not be offered in the United States for now,” the spokesperson told Autoblog.

That leaves Mercedes without a dedicated electric car, unlike Audi with its E-Tron, Jaguar with its I-Pace, Volvo with its XC40 Recharge, and of course Tesla with its entire lineup of electric cars.

Mercedes is no stranger to electrification, though currently only one plug-in hybrid model is a part of its U.S.-market lineup – a plug-in version of the GLC compact luxury SUV. That stands in marked contrast to its showrooms in Europe, which offer a plug-in version of nearly every body style Mercedes offers.

The GLC 350e 4Matic includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four gas engine paired with an electric motor and a battery pack. The combo is good for a scant 22-mile electric range on a full charge. That’s just enough for a typical commute, though it pales in comparison to the 200-mile-plus range offered by nearly every mainstream electric car available today.

 

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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