Mercedes-Benz messed up the most important detail of its big electric car debut

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is one of the most important cars the company will ever release. It is the first entrant in an entirely new lineup of all-electric cars, the tip of the spear for a wholly different propulsion platform meant to help curb emissions around the globe. It’s been teased by the company for two years. And yet, on the day of its announcement, Mercedes-Benz completely whiffed on arguably the most important detail: how long the EQC’s battery will last.

One of the biggest obstacles since the early days of mass-produced electric vehicles has been range. It was one of the top “limiting factors” to adoption in a RAND Corporation study in 2012, and the term “range anxiety” — which neatly describes the low-level fear that EVs won’t…

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