Mercedes-Benz Japan Co. said Thursday that it will release its first electric vehicle, the EQC, in Japan.

The entry into the electric vehicle market by the Tokyo-based unit of German automaker Mercedes-Benz is expected to boost interest in such vehicles in Japan.

"We've achieved zero emissions without changing Benz's safety and comfort features," Mercedes-Benz Japan President Kintaro Ueno said.

The sport-utility vehicle runs up to 400 kilometers on one charge and reaches 100 kilometers per hour in roughly five seconds. The car also includes a feature that tells users by sound to search for a nearby power charging station.

Reservations for a special-edition model limited to 55 units will begin on July 18, with the first deliveries expected for October. A different model will be delivered from spring 2020.

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