The new Mercedes EQC electric SUV is heading towards Mercedes showrooms, ahead of which Mercedes has been busy proving its crash safety in its own advanced facility.
The Mercedes EQC, Mercedes’ answer to electric SUVs like the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, is due to go in to production in the spring and will, in due course, be subject to Euro NCAP’s crash tests.
But as the EQC move towards production reality, Mercedes is busy doing its own crash tests on the EQC at the Mercedes technology centre for vehicle safety (TFS) which is, say Mercedes, the most advanced crash test facility…in the world.
To illustrate that an electric Mercedes will be every bit as resolute in a crash as an ICE Mercedes, Mercedes are keen you know the lengths to which they’ve gone to make sure all the high voltage electrical components of the car are protected if the worst happens.
The EQC has a new subframe surrounding drive components at the front, the battery is surrounded by a frame with integral crash structure, a battery guard at the front of the battery prevents piercing by foreign objects, the high voltage system can be shut down automatically, and charging is terminated if a charge is going on when a crash occurs.
Beyond that, the EQC benefits from the same safety stuff as ICE cars including pyrotechnical belt tensioners, ISOFIX points, window airbags, thorax/pelvis airbags, driver and passenger airbags and a knee airbag for the driver.
All of which means the Mercedes EQC should fly through the Euro NCAP tests when it gets there.