With several governments around the world looking to replace their nations’ fleets with zero-emission electric vehicles (“EVs”), there has been a mad dash by several EV start-ups as well as established automakers to capture a large swathe of the market. Tesla undoubtedly revolutionized the industry when it released the Tesla Model S more than a decade ago, and although the California-based EV maker is currently at the top of the electric vehicle space, automakers such as Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen and Hyundai are competing admirably.
On April 15, Mercedes announced that it is finally throwing its hat into the EV game with its first flagship luxury EV: the Mercedes-Benz EQS. Essentially an electrified version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedan, the EQS will be the first Mercedes-Benz car to be built from the ground up on a dedicated EV platform. And unlike Tesla, which seems to have zeroed in on a minimalist design for its electric vehicles, the EQS is packed to the gills with features, with the most impressive being a massive 56-inch touchscreen infotainment system that Mercedes has dubbed the Hyperscreen.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS will start selling in the United States and Europe in August before hitting the Chinese market in January. It will come in two battery sizes — a 90kWh battery and a larger 107.8kWh — with an estimated range of up to 478.5 miles (770km). With a top speed of 130 mph, the EQS will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds. Additionally, it will be able to add 186 miles (300 kilometers) of range in just 15 minutes when plugged into a 200kWh fast charger, a feat that very few EV models currently on the market can achieve.
Mercedes’ new flagship luxury EV will also be compatible with up to 90% of the public charging stations in the United States, meaning drivers will not need to sign up for an individual charging service or download an app. In addition to the typical features one might expect in an electric vehicle, engineers from Mercedes have also filled the EQS with a wide variety of cool extras. According to Daimler chief executive Ola Källenius, the company wanted to set a very high bar.
Customers in the luxury EV segment expect a creative blend of modern luxury coupled with high-tech innovation, he says, and the EQS is Daimler’s answer to that. Although the company has not revealed pricing, it has allowed a select few individuals to test drive pre-production models of its new luxury EV. Aside from the massive touchscreen covering most of the dashboard, the EQS also comes with voice assist, a 3D option for the EQS’s map, a heads-up-display that projects 3D arrows to aid the driver with turn-by-turn navigation, four different driving modes and a plethora of other features.
As the number of players, such as ev Transportation Services Inc., that enter the electric vehicle space increase, it is likely that many will opt to target specific market segments rather than compete in all categories.
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