A luxury car show may seem an odd place to debut a minivan, but that’s exactly what Mercedes-Benz just did. At the Geneva Auto Show, the German company debuted the EQV, an all-electric luxury minivan that will make you forget all about that Ford Windstar you grew up with.
The EQV is a concept car, but Mercedes says it’s definitely headed for production soon. It could be the world’s first electric minivan, depending on when efforts from Chrysler and Volkswagen hit the market. They’re currently scheduled for 2020 and 2022, respectively.
Mercedes says the EQV will have 201 horsepower and 99 mph top speed, stats that aren’t all that impressive. It’s powered by a 100-kilowatt-hour battery with a range of 249 miles, but you can use a quick charging station to add another 62 miles in just 15 minutes of charging time.
Of course, you don’t buy a minivan to be a speed demon. You buy a minivan to drive the whole crew around town, and the eight seats in the EQV make that possible. It still looks like a minivan, kind of boxy, but with futuristic touches like LED headlights, rose gold accents, blue metallic details on the wheels, and colored lighting running across the dashboard.
The EQV will be built on the same platform Mercedes developed for its other electric vehicles, so it’s relatively simple to put different bodies on top, a reality that helps keep costs down. Wired estimates that the EQV will cost between $50,000 and $70,000, based on the prices of electric vehicles from similar brands.
But don’t get out your checkbook just yet. The EQV is still, a concept after all, but Mercedes will debut the production version at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, so hopefully, you won’t have to wait too long to drive your kids to soccer practice gas-free and in style.