The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS is chock stuffed with luxurious and tech options. Now we all know it is going to be aggressive with a few of its six-figure rivals with regard to vary, because the official estimates are finally in from the Environmental Safety Company.
The company says the rear-wheel-drive model ought to get round 350 miles on a full battery. Patrons of the all-wheel-drive model ought to anticipate rather less, round 340 miles. That’s roughly even with Tesla’s new triple-motor Mannequin S Plaid, which the EPA says is sweet for about 348 miles on a full charge on 21-inch wheels. Tesla says the Mannequin S Plaid on 19-inch wheels ought to get nearer to 400 miles, however that declare hasn’t been evaluated by the EPA simply but. A dual-motor Lengthy Vary Mannequin S is meant to eclipse 400 miles, although that automotive has apparently been delayed in favor of the Plaid.
Audi’s E-Tron GT — which is constructed on the Porsche Taycan’s electrical drivetrain — is likely to be rated for even less, someplace within the mid-to-low 200-mile vary. The one EV that simply eclipses the EQS’s vary figures is the Lucid Air. That sedan obtained a whopping 520-mile rating from the EPA in September.
An enormous query with the EQS when it goes on sale within the US later this 12 months might be whether or not consumers cross-shop in opposition to these different EVs or if they need a Mercedes-Benz and occur to decide on electrical. If it’s the latter, there’s an additional incentive in that the EQS’ beginning value is definitely less than that of the gas-powered S-Class it can in all probability someday supplant. Whereas an additional 100-plus miles of vary would all the time be good, entering into the mid-300s ought to be lots for many consumers’ each day and weekly wants.