This is how sustainable the EQC is.

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This is how sustainable the EQC is.

As part of "Ambition 2039", Mercedes-Benz is pursuing the aim of offering a CO₂-neutral new vehicle fleet for its passenger cars by this date. A key step in this direction is the Mercedes-Benz 360° environmental check, which the EQC 400 4MATIC was the first vehicle from the product and technology brand EQ to pass. This is a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) in which the environmental effects are investigated in detail across the entire life cycle, so from raw material extraction through production and usage (over a mileage of 200,000 kilometres) through to recovery. Mercedes-Benz is the first vehicle manufacturer to carry out this environmental check, and has already been doing so on a regular basis since 2005. The process is based on the international ISO standard 14040 and the result is additionally checked externally by the South German Technical Inspection Authority in an extensive procedure, thus creating maximum transparency,
which means that the EQC 400 4MATIC benefits in terms of the permanently locally emission-free driving and the high efficiency of the electric drivetrain. Electric vehicles can often offset the CO₂ emissions, which are often initially higher, in subsequent driving operation depending on the power source. If electric vehicles are only operated with regenerative energies, the CO₂ emissions considered across the life cycle shrink by up to 70 percent compared with vehicles with a combustion engine.

Our aim for 2022: CO₂ neutrality ex factory.

The motif shows a side view of the Mercedes-Benz EQC.

Our aim for 2022: CO₂ neutrality ex factory.

Under otherwise equal conditions, during the production of electric vehicles more CO₂ is created than in the production of vehicles with a combustion engine, because lots of energy is required in particular for the production of battery cells. It is therefore all the more important to procure CO₂-neutral energy for production, which Mercedes-Benz is aiming for in all European plants as early as 2022. One step on this route is "green" electricity from regional wind parks including for production of the EQC at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant and for battery production at the site of Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE in Kamenz, Saxony.
In the usage phase the driver can currently already directly influence what the LCA of their electric vehicle looks like – depending on which electricity they use. The LCA is in keeping with this, in particular the CO₂ balance in a concrete consideration of the entire life cycle of the Mercedes-Benz EQC with a mileage of 200,000 kilometres. By using clean energy to charge the batteries the CO₂ footprint on the EQC can be virtually halved.

The material composition of the EQC.

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The material composition of the EQC.

The kerb weight of the EQC 400 4MATIC is 2420 kilograms. The largest proportion, at 39 percent, is steel and iron materials, followed by light alloys (23 percent) and polymer materials, i.e. plastics (18 percent).

Today the use of resource-saving materials such as plastic recyclates and renewable raw materials in the vehicles is being continually extended. For example, the high-quality seat fabric material "Response", which has been newly developed for the EQC, consists of 100 percent recycled PET bottles. In addition, plastic recyclates are also used in the trim of the spare wheel well or the covers of the underside of the engine compartment. Renewable raw materials, such as kenaf, wool and paper are also used. The fibres of the kenaf plant are used, e.g. in the load compartment trim and paper is used in the load compartment floor.
On the new EQC a total of 100 component parts plus small parts such as buttons, nuts and cable fasteners with an overall weight proportion of 55.7 kilograms are manufactured from resource-saving materials.

Second life of the high-voltage batteries.

The motif shows a rear view of the Mercedes-Benz EQC with a charging station in an urban environment.

Second life of the high-voltage batteries.

Mercedes-Benz actively participates in researching and developing new recycling technologies for securing future raw materials requirements for electric mobility. Knowledge on the recycling of lithium-ion batteries was already collected in various research projects and in collaboration with suppliers and disposal partners. The recycling of the raw materials used such as lithium, nickel, platinum, cobalt and rare earths is the focus of consideration and starts with the design of the component parts. Mercedes-Benz has defined four stages and corresponding processes for the battery recycling process: ReUse (long-term reuse of the battery, for example for stationary energy storage systems), RePair (repair work on the battery), ReManufacturing (dismantling and rebuilding of the battery) and ReMat (recycling and recovery of the contents).

Daimler has focussed in particular on ReUse  with the foundation of the 100-percent subsidiary Mercedes‑Benz Energy GmbH in the form of stationary energy storage systems: because the life cycle of a plug-in or electric vehicle battery need not end with operation of the car; they can continue to be used for stationary battery storage systems. Slight capacity losses do not matter for this application, and so cost-effective use in stationary operation is thus possible for an estimated ten more years at least. Reusing the lithium-ion modules effectively doubles their economic value.

EQC 400 4MATIC: electrical consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): XXX; CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0.<p>The stated figures were obtained in accordance with the prescribed measuring process. Electrical consumption and range have been determined on the basis of Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electrical consumption and range depend on the vehicle configuration.</p>