Mercedes EQA range
The official range of 263 miles is pretty decent for the average family motorist, meaning you could undertake a longer journey without having to stop, or perhaps only need to charge once a week if you are doing average mileages.
What is more impressive – and crucial – is that the Mercedes seems to be capable of actually achieving close to this figure in the real world. A combination of clever technology, such as predictive regen braking and a more efficient heat pump for the ventilation system means the that we saw around 230 miles from a charge, even when using motorways and in colder weather. Compared to some rivals, that’s really impressive.
Mercedes EQA battery
The EQA’s battery has a capacity of 66.5kWh - and that’s the properly useable net value, not the total which is quoted in specification tables. There’s a difference as car makers like to put in a ‘buffer’ so that the cells are never completely discharged, as that would damage the delicate chemistry.
In the EQA, the battery pack is squashed in under the passenger compartment which is good for the stability but means the rear floor is actually quite high. Expect rear seat passengers to complain about their feet feeling too far up.
The charging capabilities of the EQA are good, if not exceptional. If you are out and about and need a top up on a rapid DC charger, all EQAs will take 100kW, which is an option on some rivals. We’ve noticed that the EQA seems to do a little better than that in the right conditions though, so 10 to 80% in half an hour is perfectly possible.
On a slower AC charger it’ll actually take 11kw as well, but as that’s industrial power - what’s called ‘three-phase’ - and you probably won’t have that at home. An increasing number of public or workplace chargers offer it though. A normal 7kw wallbox will do flat-to-full in under ten hours.
The car uses an app called Mercedes Me Charging that gathers up some of the big charging networks into one bill, so it takes some of the stress out of on-the-go top ups. It includes BP Pulse and Ionity.