The characteristics of the Mercedes-Benz EQS electric car

mercedes benz eqs

Mercedes-Benz EQS Electric Car

We have already seen the interior of the flagship electric Mercedes, and in all its glory, it will appear on April 15. In the meantime, another batch of exciting details. For example, the Mercedes-Benz Eqs liftback became the owner of the lowest aerodynamic drag coefficient Cd among mass-produced cars — only 0.2! The record holder has been Lucid Air (0,21), although it has not yet become serial.

Mercedes has a streamlined wedge-shaped silhouette, a smooth bottom, recessed door handles, aerodynamically optimized wheels (with a diameter of 19 to 21 inches), and many minor tweaks. Such a low aerodynamic drag reduces wind noise in the cabin because this is especially important for an initially quiet electric car.

Mercedes-Benz EQS. Photo Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz EQS will be the first model on the new modular platform MEA (Modular Electric Architecture), created specifically for “electric trains.” The traction battery body is included in the power structure of the body, and the front and rear subframes are attached to it. Later, it will form the basis of other battery-powered Mercedes, and the big liftback got the most advanced version with a long base and air suspension.

Mercedes-Benz EQS. Photo Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes ‘ electrical system is not the most advanced. If the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT have an 800-volt traction power grid, then here it is 400-volt (like Tesla). And the maximum charging power is 200 kW (for a DC device) against 250-270 kW for the main competitors. Of course, regenerative charging is provided: its efficiency can be changed by petals under the steering wheel, with a maximum of 290 kW for twin-engine versions.

You can choose from two traction batteries with a capacity of 90 or 107.8 kWh. For comparison, Tesla has a maximum of 100 kWh, Porsche and Audi offer no more than 93.4 kWh, but Lucid Air promises 113 kWh. The battery management unit is connected to the overall digital system of the machine, and its software can also be updated “over the air.” And for the Japanese market, it is possible to connect external power consumers to the car.

So far, the characteristics of only two modifications have been officially published. The Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ has a rear-wheel drive and a single electric motor with 333 HP and 568 Nm output, while the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4Matic is equipped with two engines that produce a total of 524 HP and 855 Nm. The maximum speed in both cases is limited to 210 km/h, and the full range is 770 km on the WLTP cycle. There will also be an extreme AMG version.

Mercedes-Benz EQS will be produced at the same factory 56 in Sindelfingen, where they make the new S-class, and pre-production is already coming to an end. And the start of sales in Europe is scheduled for August.