Mercedes-Benz EQS is the new luxury electric car

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new luxury electric vehicle — the EQS. Throughout the existence of the Mercedes-Benz automobile brand, their cars have always been associated with luxury and quality. In the coming era of electric transport, nothing will change in this case. On April 15, the company unveiled its new EQS luxury electric sedan, which will be another member of the EQ electric family.

As with any vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz-EQS will be launched in several trim levels. Here, of course, there will be differences in the capacity of the batteries, hence there will be a different range, there will also be different options for the drive and power of the electric motors.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ is a rear wheel drive model with a range of about 770 km per charge. With such a range, you can drive from Moscow to St. Petersburg without recharging, and this, let me remind you, is 708 km, and there will still be energy left in the batteries to ride around the city. At the same time, the manufacturer claims that the level of electricity consumption of the EQS 450+ in the combined cycle will be in the range of 20.4-15.7 kW * h / 100 km. Well, in general, this is already a pretty good indicator of energy consumption, and you need to understand that this is a large car, and, therefore, its weight and size characteristics are appropriate.

The EQS 580 4MATIC is already an all-wheel drive electric car. The power of its electric motor is 385 kW, and the combined cycle power consumption is 21.8-17.4 kWh / 100 km. By the way, note that very soon we will calculate the consumption per 100 km not of liters of fuel, but of kilowatts of energy.

Like any electric vehicle, the EQS models will have regenerative energy return to the battery. For the EQS 450+ this figure will be 186 kW of maximum regenerative power, and for the EQS 580 4MATIC 290 kW. Buyers will be offered two options for the traction battery — 90 or 107.8 kWh. The 90-kilowatt battery is equipped with cells from the Chinese company Farasis, and 107 cells from CATL. The chemistry of the battery cells and a powerful on-board charger allow you to «fill» 300 km of energy in 15 minutes using fast charging stations with a capacity of 200 kW. The electric car can also be charged on slow charges, and from a regular household outlet in your garage or in the parking lot.

What further emphasizes the new essence of the electric car from Mercedes-Benz is the sound «landscape» function in the cabin. Owners of Mercedes-Benz EQS will be able to choose which sound background will be inside the cabin. And the music has nothing to do with it. No matter how luxurious a gasoline or diesel car is, there has always been background noise from the engine and transmission to one degree or another. And it was not even bad, because an experienced car owner could often determine by the sound of the engine’s operation whether there was a problem in it or not. With an electric car, everything is different. It is practically silent. But we are used to background sounds, and why shouldn’t they be pleasant.

The Burmester® EQS surround sound system offers two soundstages, Silver Waves and Vivid Flux. And the program includes sound themes «Forest Glade», «Sound of the Sea» and «Summer Rain», created in consultation with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hampton.

Mercedes-Benz has adopted its own program for decarbonization of the model range and production, called Ambition 2039. Within its framework, the company plans that by 2030 more than 50% of their products will be electrified vehicles — pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Well, by 2040, all manufactured products should be carbon-neutral, which will keep pace with the decision of many EU countries by this year to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles.

The manufacturer promises to eventually release AMG versions of the EQS it has been talking about for some time. Its power can be 560 kW (761 hp). This option is already in the testing stage. But it has not yet been said when it will be ready for release.

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