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Mercedes-Benz to release EQC electric vehicle in Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicle the EQC is seen in Tokyo on Thursday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Mercedes-Benz Japan Co. said Thursday that it will release its first electric vehicle, the EQC, in Japan.

The entry into the electric vehicle market by the Tokyo-based unit of German automaker Mercedes-Benz is expected to boost interest in such vehicles in Japan.

“We’ve achieved zero emissions without changing Benz’s safety and comfort features,” Mercedes-Benz Japan President Kintaro Ueno said.

The sport-utility vehicle runs up to 400 kilometers on one charge and reaches 100 kph in roughly five seconds. The car also includes a feature that tells users by sound to search for a nearby power charging station.

Reservations for a special-edition model limited to 55 units will begin on July 18, with the first deliveries expected in October. A different model will be delivered from spring 2020.

The vehicle will also come with a support package that includes free access to about 21,000 charging stations nationwide for a year.

The price stands at ¥12 million for the special model and ¥10.8 million for the other one, both including 10 percent consumption tax.Speech

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