During the last annual meeting of shareholders of the Daimler Group in Stuttgart, the CEO of the company, Ola Källenius, announced by surprise the autonomy that will have the next electric car from Mercedes-Benz, the EQS: “more than 400 miles of autonomy between loads according to the WLTP cycle”. A declaration of intentions.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS will be a representative car set to become one of the company’s flagships. Its official presentation will take place in the autumn, while its commercialization is scheduled to begin in 2021, although Daimler has not yet given a specific schedule.
Described as the most ambitious car of the German brand, the EQS will be equivalent to the thermal S-Class in aspects such as luxury and technology (in fact, it does not rule out that it has a Maybach super-luxury version). Among its rivals, we will find models such as the Audi A9 e-Tron, the BMW i7, and the Jaguar XJ, all of them also 100% electric.
The announcement by Källenius was a complete shock. Currently, the most autonomous electric car on the European market, the Tesla Model S, homologated more than 370 miles in its most capable variant.
The EQS will be the first Mercedes-Benz developed from scratch as electric (the EQC uses the GLC platform, while the EQA and EQB will be derived from the GLA and GLB respectively). Some rumors suggest that it could also have an 800-volt electrical system, allowing it to access ultra-fast direct current loads.
Later, the EQS will be joined by the EQE, which will use the same platform but will be somewhat shorter. Instead of betting on the fastback configuration of its older brother, it will sport a classic three-volume sedan body. This model will be a direct rival to the Tesla Model S and the Audi e-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan.