Our car week review: Mercedes joins the premium EV battle

Mercedes-Benz joins the premium EV market

Despite the seemingly obvious importance of the developing electric car market, the premium German manufacturers have been cautious in their approach. Whilst BMW may offer the i3 and i8, and the Volkswagen Group offers flavours of EV action, the Mercedes EQC marks the first mainstream dedicated offering to rival Tesla.

Given the challenges Tesla are facing, from quality control issues to an unpredictable CEO, the timing of the Mercedes EQC could not be better. How long the cult of Tesla ownership will sustain the American brand may be about to be tested.

In fact the biggest rival to the EQC could be found closer to home. Peter has driven the new Jaguar I-Pace, and found a lot to like about. But is the infrastructure ready to support a major market switch to all-electric motoring?

Away from EV action, this week we’ve taken a look at all the latest news, plus the highlights from the car park at the Goodwood Revival.

Car News

Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes-Benz EQC – Germany starts to tackle Tesla
Premium German brands have been relatively quiet on the EV front, losing ground to other rivals. The EQC marks the start of big electric plans from Mercedes-Benz. 

Lister LFP
Is the Lister LFP set to be the world’s fastest SUV?
Like the Jaguar F-Pace, but wish it had 670hp? Lister Motor Company will deliver you just that with the LFP. A claimed top speed of 200mph is the biggest part of this story.

Tesla Model S grille
Tesla dismisses poor performance in reliability survey
With the Tesla Model S coming bottom last in a new reliability survey, the American firm has chosen to brush off the results as ‘statistically meaningless’ in a response. 

Reviews

Jaguar I-Pace UK review
2019 Jaguar I-Pace – bide your time before buying
Peter found the new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace to be more capable and impressive than he anticipated. Yet despite this, he wouldn’t recommend you buy one just yet.

Features and opinion

Amazing cars of the Goodwood Revival car park
The amazing cars of the 2018 Goodwood Revival car park
Yes, there may be pricey machinery battling on track at Goodwood this weekend. But, in the car parks outside, there is everything from classics to the latest supercars.

Concours of Elegance
Highlights from the 2018 Concours of Elegance 
Hampton Court Palace was the venue for the 2018 Concours of Elegance event. We were there to check out the amazing priceless machinery on display.

Rare French road and rally cars up for auction
Random and rare French cars up for auction
A total of 65 rare and exotic French cars are up for auction later this month. Who better to guide us through the Leclere Motorcars sale than our very own Gav.

 

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