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Mercedes-Benz reveals its first electric vehicle – the EQC

Mercedes-Benz is going electric. The prestigious German carmaker has revealed its first production electric vehicle – the EQC – a mid-size SUV which will hit Australian roads at the end of next year.

The vehicle, which is based on a similar wheelbase as the C-Class and GLC, will have an 80kW battery on board which will give it a range of about 450km.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC will have dual motors and can go from 0 to 100km/h on in 5.1 seconds.

Inside, drivers can expect the usual luxury from Mercedes-Benz including digital screens and an infotainment system that uses AI to learn the drivers habits and music preferences.

The EQC will no doubt become a rival to the Tesla Model S and Model X.

Jaguar will also be releasing its first electric SUV – the I-Pace – later this year.

Mercedes-Benz has invested $16 billion in its electric vehicle strategy which is expected to ramp up to a total of 10 fully electric vehicles within the next five years.

Production for the EQC will start next year and will likely arrive in Australia towards the end of 2019.

The vehicle will be able to be charged through a mains socket but the specially-installed Benz Wallbox will be able to charge the vehicle three times faster.

It will also have a fast charging mode that will be able to provide a 70 per cent charge in just 40 minutes.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Customers can expect other car brands to begin offering electric vehicles including Audi, Renault, Volvo, Hyundai and Nissan.