MERCEDES EQS: ALL-ELECTRIC LUXURY SALOON

The EQS is the first all-electric luxury saloon from Mercedes-EQ. It will be based on the new modular architecture for luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. This is the electric equivalent of the Mercedes S-class but there appears to be little in common between the two.

First to go on sale will be the EQS 450+ with 245 kW electrical consumption, and the EQS 580 4MATIC with 385 kW.

As part of its Ambition 2039 initiative, Mercedes-Benz is working on offering a carbon-neutral new car fleet within 20 years from now. By as early as 2030, the company wants more than half the cars it sells to feature electric drive systems; this includes fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

The vehicles are produced in a carbon-neutral manner and has resource-saving materials such as carpets made from recycled yarn.

Aerodynamicists worked with the designers, were able to achieve a new cd best value of 0.20. This makes the EQS the most aerodynamic production car in the world.

With ranges up to 770 kilometres (WLTP) and an output of up to 385 kW the powertrain of the EQS also meets every expectation of a progressive saloon in the S-Class segment.

A performance version with up to 560 kW is being planned. All EQS models have an electric powertrain (eATS) at the rear axle, while the versions with 4MATIC also have an eATS at the front axle.

The EQS can be charged with up to 200 kW at fast charging stations with direct current. Power for up to another 300 kilometres (WLTP) is recharged in just 15 minutes. At home or at public charging stations, the EQS can be conveniently charged with up to 22 kW with AC using the on-board charger.

At this early stage no information on the Mercedes EQS as it applies to Australia is available. We will keep in touch with the local importer and publish local details as they become available.

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