Mercedes-Benz took us on a digital ride-along within the new Mercedes-EQS with Dr. Fabbian Wuttke, venture lead, sedan improvement. Alongside the way in which, he divulged quite a few information, figures and extra concerning the electrical sedan that we’ve been ready so patiently to listen to about.
The massive quantity we already heard yesterday was Mercedes’ claimed 478 miles of vary in WLTP testing. It’s troublesome to say what that may translate into for EPA testing, however we will safely assume that the quantity will likely be over 400 miles. That comes due to a battery pack with 107.8 kWh of usable storage (we requested for the battery’s complete potential dimension, however Mercedes isn’t telling but). This gigantic battery pack is the bigger of two packs that will likely be accessible, although Mercedes isn’t divulging what the smaller pack’s capability is but both. Mercedes brags of extraordinarily quick charging and 400-volt structure, although,
You’ll have the ability to cost the EQS at quick charging stations at speeds as much as 200 kW. That’s good for 186 miles of vary after simply quarter-hour of charging (utilizing the WLTP vary as the idea for this argument). That’s equal to about 39% of cost in quarter-hour. This excessive price of charging is maintained by way of the automobile’s battery temperature and charging administration programs. There’s an “ECO Charging” mode accessible that reduces the speed of cost should you’re involved concerning the put on and growing old of the battery at these charging charges.
A straightforward charging technique known as “Plug & Play” will likely be accessible to U.S. homeowners (free for simply two years) that, in accordance with Mercedes, will mean you can merely drive up and plug in with no need to fuss with an app or different tech. It’s nonetheless obscure, however Mercedes says that you just’ll have the ability to use this tech at over 90% of public charging factors within the nation.
Mercedes can be speaking about what these batteries will likely be powering. A number of completely different variations of the EQS with various energy outputs will likely be accessible from the beginning. The bottom rear-wheel-drive EQS will produce 329 horsepower from a single motor on the automobile’s rear axle. A dual-motor (one in again and one in entrance) all-wheel-drive model with 516 horsepower will likely be accessible, too — the rear motor is extra highly effective than the entrance. Mercedes is teasing an “much more highly effective efficiency model” that may come at a later date. That feels like an AMG variant to us. The 0-62 mph time on the 516-horse model is 4.3 seconds, whereas the single-motor EQS will do it in 6.3 seconds. High pace for each is restricted to 130 mph.
Mercedes says this electrical model of 4Matic all-wheel drive has a lot sooner response versus its mechanical all-wheel drive programs. That’s to be anticipated with electrical motors. The motors themselves are engineered with a particular foam mat surrounding them for distinctive resistance to NVH points. An entire host of additional work contributes to creating these motors extremely quiet and match for S-Class degree noise and vibration consolation. Acoustic foam used all through the physique helps ship silence to the cabin. New applied sciences have been additionally engineered for the window seals and door construction to cut back noise — there will likely be an “acoustic consolation package deal” accessible that provides laminated glass panes to the automobile. Nevertheless, Mercedes may also level out that the automobile’s 0.20 coefficient of drag (better of any present manufacturing automobile) additionally reduces wind noise. It has a easy underbody, aero-shaped spoilers and also you’ll have the selection between 19-, 20- and 21-inch wheels. Additionally contributing to this determine are particular, new A-pillar trim strips and seamless door handles.
One-pedal driving will likely be doable with the EQS. Shift paddles on the steering wheel will mean you can swap between three ranges of brake recuperation. Additionally handy within the metropolis will likely be a four-wheel steering system. Similar to the brand new S-Class (the programs are almost an identical), Mercedes will mean you can select between an possibility that may flip the rear wheels 4.5 levels or 10 levels. At its finest, the turning circle could be diminished to only 35.8 ft. Curiously, Mercedes tells us that four-wheel steering will likely be one of many gadgets it gives as a post-purchase improve, permitting you to improve to the 10-degree lock should you notice the 4.5 isn’t sufficient initially.
A miscellaneous merchandise Mercedes highlighted is its “Navigation with Electrical Intelligence” system. Similar to many EVs, the EQS will plan your route round accessible charging stations. It should additionally take into consideration real-time visitors, and you’ll routinely set how a lot cost you need left in reserve to make it to a charging station. The EQS can estimate how a lot a charging cease will price on the display screen for you and can routinely monitor your effectivity and navigation system, simply in case that you must swap into ECO mode to eke out the previous couple of miles to a plug.
Mercedes additionally highlighted just a few situations wherein it’s utilizing sustainable and inexperienced supplies to fabricate the EQS. In complete, the EQS has about 176 kilos of recycled or renewable supplies inside it. These embrace recycled plastics for cable ducting, recycled yarn for ground coverings and even sustainably produced aluminum for the hood. The battery pack itself (developed in-house by Mercedes) makes use of much less cobalt and improved battery chemistry than Mercedes’ earlier era of battery tech did, and it is also able to receiving over-the-air battery administration system updates. Don’t get it flawed, although. The EQS can nonetheless be absolutely decked out in actual leather-based and different ultra-luxe supplies — there aren’t any vegan choices to talk of right here.
Despite the fact that that is the second current deep dive we’ve had into the EQS, Mercedes remains to be holding again on revealing the entire automobile. That digital occasion will come on April 15, so the wait is sort of over.