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The monster wave.

Thirty metres high, ocean water weighing tons, Garrett McNamara at probably the most crucial moment of his career: he surfs the biggest wave in the world and beats his own record by six metres. Since his world record in Nazaré, Portugal, in 2013, the surfer from the USA is considered the ultimate big wave legend. And just like the waves in the ocean, Garrett’s life is constantly in motion. After his big break took a while to come, he kept himself afloat with a clothes shop in Hawaii, but now the 52-year-old is riding the crest of the wave. His motto: “Everything is possible.” 

Garrett McNamara runs across the beach with a surfboard under his arm
Garrett McNamara at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz EQC taps on the integrated display

Efficiency and power: the EQC recuperating process.

The pro surfer has acquired techniques that make targeted use of his energy and these are decisive for his maximum performance. When at rest, he can hold his breath for more than four minutes. The EQC’s intelligent recuperation system is just as efficient. The process enables energy to be recovered as soon as the driver takes his foot off the accelerator. The electric motor then converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and the battery is charged while the driver is driving. At gliding level, the EQC’s combustion engine is switched off so that it can roll freely: it glides along like a wave. 

Intuition is the recipe for success.

Big wave surfing is not for the faint-hearted. You have to know your limits and use your energy consciously, keep a cool head – and above all, listen to your gut instincts. That’s Garrett’s recipe for success when surfing. 

Once he acted against his intuition. That was the day he fell off his board in Mavericks, California, crashed onto the concrete-like surface of the water and his shoulder burst into nine pieces. It took a long time for the extreme athlete to recover from that setback – time that Garrett also used for reflection.

Garrett McNamara behind the steering wheel of a Mercedes-Benz EQC

Every little thing counts.

Whoever sees his children growing up gets a different perspective on what is truly important. Nowadays Garrett spends the winter which is big wave season with his wife and children in Nazaré, Portugal, a town with 10,000 inhabitants. Surfing is still an integral part of his life, but he has also become aware of a new responsibility. True to his motto “Anything is possible”, he is now actively fighting against the plastic pollution of the oceans. He sees himself as a kind of “Ocean Defender.” With his work, he wants to give something back, change things and be the change. And he encourages everyone else to do the same.

Garrett, the EQC Edition 1886 and a common goal.

For Garrett, a respectful approach to everything the earth has to offer is the perfect way to thank nature. Another reason why the surfer enters into such a close symbiosis with the EQC is that the first model in the Mercedes-Benz EQ family makes a significant contribution to sustainable mobility – a new generation of electric vehicles is on the advance. Almost 100 of the vehicle’s components are 100 per cent sustainably produced. The specially designed seat cover called Sunnyvale, for example, is made of recycled plastic. Not only the driver, but Mother Nature is also happy about almost silent and locally emission-free driving.

Garrett McNamara standing on the beach by the open door of the Mercedes-Benz EQC

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Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

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1 Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

4 Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

6 Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

7 Angaben zu Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe der UN/ECE-Regelung Nr. 101 ermittelt. Die EG-Typgenehmigung und eine Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.