Andreea Badala, designer.

“I immediately had a feeling of well-being, safety and security in the EQC. I think this is partly to do with the design, which is at once both futuristic and modern while also feeling classic and familiar.

I was further impressed by how intuitive the EQC is to drive – so much so, it felt unusually light and easy. I was also really excited by the massage option for the seats. After a hard day at work, I can imagine being eager to get back into this car to drive home with it. The other great thing is that the fabric of the seats in the EQC I was driving were made of recycled material, meaning they are not only comfortable, but also sustainable; as were other materials in the EQC. As a fashion designer, this inspired me to further pursue a similar path in my work in future. This was by far the greatest discovery for me: the EQC genuinely motivated me to take a stand in advocating sustainability that also brings people joy.”

Mike Massimino, astronaut.

“From space, my view of our planet changed: it became clear to me that we live in a paradise. But also that our atmosphere is thin, and Earth fragile. As soon as I realised this, I immediately understood just how hugely important the topic and practice of sustainability are. That’s why the EQC is a real step into the future: it’s elegant, economical, and even ecological, with zero local emissions – and it looks fantastic to boot. And then there’s the safety aspect with all the assistants, such as for braking. Or the battery display that says: “Hey, don’t worry, you’ve got enough energy.” You get the feeling that the car supports you and is there for you. When the trip came to its necessary end, I wanted to get back in and get going again immediately. There’s also a personal reason for that: driving the EQC reminded me of being in outer space. It was so quiet that it was kind of like walking on the moon.”

Jenny Wu, architect.

“To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what precisely I should expect when I took my seat in the EQC. When I thought about electrically driven cars, the powerful drive certainly wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. But that’s exactly what I was met with: when I placed my foot on the pedal, it felt like I was flying – it was absolutely unbelievable. This was the first time I’d driven the EQC. Despite the impressive acceleration, it’s effortless and simple to drive from the outset. It felt better than any other car.

The design is contemporary, and shaped by an obvious love of and attention to detail. The EQC is made partly from recycled material, which I find impressive as an architect and designer, because I know how difficult that is to achieve. After completing the test drive, I got out of the car convinced that the future is all about electric mobility.”

Garrett McNamara, big-wave surfer.

“I’m a surfer by trade, so I don’t often get nervous. But just before I sat in the driver’s seat of the EQC, I realized I suddenly was. I have no idea why. But once I finally got adjusted to it, I felt so good – better than in almost any other vehicle I’ve been in. I can hardly describe it except to say this: driving in the EQC feels like floating! It’s just perfect. I waited for a long time for my moment in the EQC, and was amazed at how effortless it is to drive. I was also im­pressed by the quietness of the drive system, not to mention the acceleration, which was unbelievably smooth.

I already thought every­thing would be so different from a car with a combustion engine, but I didn’t expect it to be this much better. It turns out my initial nervousness was completely unfounded. I’ve been a big-wave surfer for a long time, and I love riding the perfect wave – and when I drove this car, I suddenly felt like I was surfing on the road. Every metre I put behind me in this vehicle felt like progress – for me personally, but also for all of us. After all, sustainability is more important than ever. As a surfer, I campaign against pollution of the oceans, and now the EQC lets me take a stand on the roads as well.”

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Murmur-Store Mike Massimino

Oyler Wu Collaborative Garrett McNamara