A lot of automakers have started the transition into EVs, including Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes has a comprehensive plan to transition itself into making only EVs in certain markets by 2030. One of the EVs Mercedes-Benz is making to start this transition is the Mercedes EQS, and here’s a look at everything you need to know.
An EV world is not that far away
EVs grew in popularity in the last decade due to their merits. However, automakers and governments are taking harder stances to fight climate change. That’s exactly why so many automakers have set 2030 for when all cars will be EVs. In many places, conventional gas-powered cars will still be available. However, those automakers will only be making brand-new EVs from then on.
Mercedes isn’t that aggressive with its transition, but it does have plans to make many EVs by 2030. Like many other automakers, this will be a process. Mercedes is at the start of that process. One of the cars Mercedes is building to start this process is the EQS. The EQS will debut in the 2022 model year, and it’s an impressive car.
The specs of the Mercedes EQS
Range is one of the most important aspects of an EV, and the EQS should have an impressive range. The EQS will come with a 108-kWh battery pack, which should provide about 430 miles of range. The EQS’s range hasn’t been measured yet by the EPA. However, its EPA-estimated range will be available when it’s closer to release.
Another thing that’s impressive about the Mercedes-Benz EQS is it’s capable of some pretty fast charging. With DC fast charging, it can recharge 80% of its capacity in about half an hour. Plus, the EQS is very quick on the road. The standard EQS has an electric motor that generates 329 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. A more powerful trim, the 580 4Matic, gets 516 hp and 611 lb-ft of torque.
Either version should be able to hit 120 mph, though the 580 4Matic will obviously be quicker. The EQS probably won’t be cheap. Pricing details haven’t been released yet, but the EQS will cost more than $100,000 to start.
The Mercedes EQS will have a lot more to offer, though
Since the EQS will be a six-figure Mercedes, it’s no surprise that it has many luxury features. According to Electrek, the EQS may be the “poshest electric car ever.” This is because the EQS’s interior has no true competitor in the EV segment.
In addition to a great interior and ride quality, the EQS has tech that will probably not be available on cheaper cars anytime soon. In terms of the touch screen size arms race, the EQS may have won for now. Notably, it has an optional 56-inch Hyperscreen, which is actually three touch screens working together. While that’s the big, eye-catching feature, it’s not the only high-tech feature the EQS has.
The EQS also has an optional augmented reality head-up display and an eye-tracking system to ensure that the driver is awake. There is, of course, also a semi-autonomous self-driving feature and plenty of other high-tech safety features—these features and more cement the EQS as perhaps the poshest EV. While Mercedes hasn’t set a release date yet, the EQS should be available by 2022.