With the EQS, Mercedes has put a sleek, straight forward electric car on the road. It heralds a new era. Because as early as 2030, the traditional brand that invented the combustion engine will only sell electric cars — ten years earlier than previously planned. Oddly enough, the high-tech car started on simple wooden benches similar to the Oktoberfest in Munich.
“We started in 2016 with the goal of building an electric S-Class,” recalls Markus Schaefer, 56, a member of the Mercedes Development Board. But we questioned our whole modus operandi from the past.” The individual desks were abolished.” We cleared a factory hall and put in it wooden benches, a few desks and sofa corners. We’ve put the entire development team together in this open office.”
The new freedoms mean that the EQS, for example, was first S class. Without a star on the hood. Due to the curved hood, which perfectly integrates with the teardrop-shaped side view, the driver will not be able to see the star at all. This shape in turn is crucial to the scope.
At 0.20, the EQS has the lowest drag coefficient of a production car—in other words: no car has this smoothness. With electric vehicles in particular, a lower drag coefficient, i.e. lower air resistance, ensures a significantly greater range. The current generation has led the way Give Toyota or Tesla Model 3 With drag coefficient values of 0.24 and 0.23, respectively.
600 km in daily life
With EQS, that means: With the 245 kW (333 hp) rear-wheel drive version, 780 kilometers can be gained on a single battery charge according to the WLTP measurement cycle. The 385 kW (523 hp) all-wheel drive version still manages 676 kilometres. On our first test drive from Andermatt through the Oberalp Pass and along Walensee to Rapperswil, the expected range of the EQS all-wheel drive system was around 600km. assured.
However, fast-traffic rides aren’t really EQS’s main talent. Of course it goes to 100 km / h in 4.3 or 6.2 seconds, but when braking and cornering, its empty weight of 2.5 tons noticeably rushes downwards. In addition, the insane electric strike of the opponents is missing Porsche Taycan And Tesla Model S. This should be reserved for the 470 kW (639 hp) AMG-EQS that will follow next year.
EQS spins softly
The all-electric car is designed for comfort. It starts with soft steering and soft suspension, but the most important is the comfortable noise. Practically no sound penetrates inside. The electric motor is silent anyway, but neither the battery cooling system pumps nor the tires can be heard. Only gusty winds break through from time to time.
But even that makes us feel cool in the EQS’s luxurious interior – the ambiance is definitely an S-class. Small flaw: The plastic wrap around the start button in the center console feels very cheap, even for an A-Class, even if we can overlook it there. In the EQS, it can be observed twice because the spacecraft does not provide the luxury otherwise. Technologically, continues The new XXL Ultra Screen Even one more class S.
It should be possible to order the EQS as early as next week; The first copies will be released in Switzerland in September. Prices are not yet known, but should start at around 125,000 francs. A cheaper entry-level version will follow next year. But there’s also the first luxury electric sedan, where the fear of range is no longer a real problem.
How interested are Swiss customers in the Mercedes EQS?
Mark Langenbrink: giant! But this does not surprise me because the car looks very different from all previous Mercedes cars. We recently held an event for the Swiss client. 25 out of 30 customers said they wanted to buy an EQS. I now have a feeling when we have a real best seller on offer and EQS is definitely one.
It is still a Mercedes car and is therefore an exclusive. How much can EQS fuel for Mercedes’ electric mobility?
When the EQS converts to a status code, customers will automatically convert. But even then, electric mobility has not yet become widespread. Practically every customer interested in an electric car with us asks: Where do I ship it?
How does Mercedes help customers?
On the go, they can access 200,000 public charging stations in Europe via “Mercedes Me Charge”. Billing data is stored in the vehicle. All you have to do is deliver and ship. For home, we not only provide wallbox. Our comprehensive range includes connection testers and even an electrician for installation. We bring the faucet and the hose into the house, so to speak. The tank has to come from somewhere else: but that’s the purpose of making electricity. In the 1920s and 1920s, no one expected automakers to build gas stations either.
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