Mercedes-Benz Canada Launching Electric Offensive
During the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz presented a vehicle that’s a milestone on the road to emission-free driving. They presented the pre-production versions of the GLC F-CELL. It’s the world’s first electric vehicle to combine a fuel-cell and a plug-in battery in the powertrain.
The exciting and anticipated market launch of the EQC (the first fully battery-electric Mercedes-Benz production model in the EQ line) is 2019. These prototypes have already successfully completed winter testing in northern Sweden. Summer tests in southern Europe and the U.S. and worldwide endurance road tests are also scheduled.
Mercedes-Benz has been testing each new model under extreme conditions near the Arctic Circle for decades. They test vehicles on snow-covered roads, at temperatures down to minus 35 degrees Celsius and on sheer ice on frozen lakes. There is now a Mercedes-Benz test centre in Arjeplog, a small northern Swedish town in Lapland, where there are specially set-up testing tracks. There are demanding hill climbs with gradients of up to 20 percent, skid pads on the almost sheer ice of the frozen lake and testing tracks with varying coefficients of friction.
New Mercedes-Benz models undergo more than 500 individual tests. With the new electric vehicles, the standard procedure is supplemented by lots of powertrain-specific tests developed especially for the new powertrain technologies.
At Mercedes-Benz Brampton, the top Mercedes-Benz Ontario dealer, we’re excited about these new models and how they are performing on these rugged test tracks. We can’t wait until they are on our showroom floor! Until then, we have an extensive inventory of new sedans, SUVs, crossovers, sportscars and more. Plus, you’ll find a great selection of Preowned and Certified Preowned Mercedes-Benz vehicles that come with warranties that provide peace of mind. Come see why we’re one of the top Mercedes CA dealerships.