D.he Mercedes-Benz EQV is one of the few electric large-capacity vans on the market. It is therefore immediately available to shuttle services in large cities or simply to everyone who needs a lot of space and wants to set a signal with the purely battery-electric drive. Outwardly, of course, this hardly succeeds without posters or the like; apart from a few details, the EQV looks like a more or less disdainful V-Class. After all, it’s the same base, and all V models come off one line in Vitoria, Spain. From a technical point of view, the differences are huge: A 150 kW electric motor is used to drive the front wheels and not to the rear or to both axles as in the case of the diesel models. 700 kilograms of batteries are in the floor of the car, the short 4.90 meter version is not available for the EQV. The test car was 5.14 meters long, if that’s not enough, you can also order 5.27 meters, which cost a moderate 892 euros more. But even with the 5.14 meter long EQV you are well served. The other drive technology means that no usable space is lost. Six to eight seats are available depending on the configuration, the basic model is equipped with four individual seats in the rear, which can be removed relatively easily. But they are unpleasantly heavy, each weighing around 25 kilograms.
Without rear seats, the EQV becomes a delivery van with a loading area 2.54 meters long and 1.24 meters wide between the wheel arches. The portal-like tailgate swings electrically far upwards; it is practical that the rear window can be opened separately. Incidentally, you can sleep well in the car without rear seats: Put the mattress in and just go to sleep. Or you can order the lounger package for 1092 euros. A 3-seater bench in the second row should become a comfortable place to sleep. “For spontaneous breaks or overnight stays on the go.” Of course, this is not possible with individual seats. To do this, they can also be mounted face to face because the belts are integrated into the seats. Wide-opening sliding doors on the right and left facilitate access to the rear, electrical assistance costs 952 euros each, and the second door on the left also has to be paid for separately.