The word “sustainability” can mean many things to different people. For some, it’s bringing their own coffee cups to the cafe every morning. For others, it’s going vegan. Another big way that people are starting to embrace the concept in Singapore is by going electric on the roads, and Inch Chua is one of them.
The Singaporean multi-hyphenate needs little introduction. The singer-songwriter, producer, and actress has been a regular in the local and international music circuit with hits like Wallflower, which she has performed on countless big stages like Formula 1.
It comes as no surprise then, that she leads a busy life. Besides an accomplished artistic career, she’s also a full time fur-parent to her handsome (and huge) dog Kaiser, and is a massive advocate for sustainability, having done collaborations with brands like Wykidd Song’s Akinn to highlight the importance of going green in today’s world. She’s also a regular performer at the GITNB Conscious Festival, and actively championed zero food wastage during her stint on Masterchef Singapore.
Which makes the EQB perfect as her daily rider. With sustainability at its forefront, the seven-seater SUV has shaken up the EV market with its versatility, design, comfort, and intelligence, making it one of the most attractive propositions on the roads today.
Despite being a compact vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz EQB offers plenty of room in the rear, and to say the new seven-seater is roomy would be an understatement. For someone who’s always on the go and earth-loving like Inch, the emission-free car is the perfect vehicle for everyday adventures.
Besides obliging a variety of configurations that’ll cater to any of her storage needs, whether it’s music equipment and additional clothing for performances, or simply bringing her guitars from home to studios around the island, the electric car is also perfect for her massive dog, Kaiser, a faithful companion who often travels with her. That’s also not forgetting his nanny bag with all his doggy essentials.
“The most important thing for me, if I were to get a car, is its versatility of space where you can move things around. For me, if the band is going to play a show, we’re gonna bring all our gear, so we need a car that can accommodate it. If Kaiser and I are going out to the beach, we want to be able to pack everything for the animals and bring all of them as well,” said Inch.
Good thing then, that the new EQB is generous when it comes to space. With a maximum boot capacity of 1,710 litres thanks to its longer wheelbase, and the flexibility of the second row – which can be adjusted in several stages as standard – this car can fit plenty comfortably. The two seats in the third row can also be used by people of up to 1.65 metres tall – perfect for when she’s travelling with her band.
As an integral part of any musician’s identity, style is of utmost importance to Inch, and the EQB’s edgy and characterful aesthetics are perfectly in line with hers. The now-iconic Mercedes-EQ black panel grille with central star takes centre stage here, accompanied by a continuous light strip at the front. A horizontal fibre-optic strip connects the daytime running lights of the full LED headlamps – accented with blue – to ensure the striking, head-turning fascia of the electric car is equally recognisable in the day as it is at night. Muscular curves and sleek angles make this one of the best looking electric cars on the roads today.
Inside, the modernity and spaciousness of the car is enhanced by aluminium elements and classy rose gold accents on the air vents, seats, and vehicle key. To create a space that’s truly your own, Mercedes-Benz’s ambient lighting offers 64 colours to create customised colour schemes for every mood. The optional backlit spiral-look trim element is one of the coolest highlights here, lending even more futurism to the contemporary ride.
Another feature the car prides itself on is the comfort seats, which promise comfort no matter how long your journey is. Everything comes together then, to create the perfect environment for intimate car conversations, which Inch finds is one of the best parts about owning a car.
“One of my favorite things after meeting friends is giving car rides home to people. Car conversations are really wonderful, intimate, one-on-one affairs, and I love having them with the people I care about. And it’s very different from being on a bus or MRT. You could have wonderful conversations there, but there’s something quite magical about one-on-one car rides when you’re riding home with somebody.
When she’s not shuttling between studios with her gear, editing her work on her computer, and taking a break with yoga and long baths, Inch makes time for Kaiser, a high-energy dog whom she spends plenty of time with. The active canine not only enjoys travelling out to new places around the island for long walks, but also going to dog water parks and agility training classes. “He’s a very pampered dog. He goes for agility class to do the obstacle courses and other activities so that he can work his brain on some days,” joked Inch.
Thankfully, the EQB is intelligent enough to ensure Inch and Kaiser get to their destinations without worrying about the battery’s range and charging. In the ECO Assist mode, the navigation data and information from the vehicle sensors work together to create the most efficient ride possible. This concept of “anticipatory driving” saves power and extends the range of the car, so “range anxiety” is finally eliminated from the equation. The standard EQB 250, for example, is capable of up to 474km, while EQB 350 offers up to 423km of range – plenty for driving around the city with. Charging time is but a mere six and a half hours on an AC charger for both.
You can expect three variants in Singapore, each catering to different lifestyles and needs. The EQB 250 Progressive sees features such as 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, leather upholstery, multifunction sports leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, and silver chrome air vents as standard. Meanwhile, the EQB 250 Electric Art model finesses the EV with 19-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, a 10-speaker sound system, and rose gold air vents. On the EQB 350 4MATIC AMG Line, expect sporty features such as an AMG Line body kit, adaptive suspension, larger 20-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, and AMG brushed stainless steel driving pedals.
As an eco warrior, Inch knows how much of a difference owning an electric car can be for the environment. “I have always been an advocate for electric cars. I’m excited for Singapore to be anti-combustion by 2040,”
“Sustainability is really a way of life and philosophy. It isn’t what exactly you do, but how do you introduce it to every aspect of your life. So for me, like, in every possible way, I usually think about it, even from purchasing things to daily life. The EQB is a good place to start if you want to take the first step in being kinder to the environment.”
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