With EQS, Mercedes has put a sleek and completely futuristic electric car on the road. Announces a new era. Because as early as 2030, the traditional brand that once invented the combustion engine would only sell electric cars – ten years earlier than previously planned. The strangest thing is that the high-tech vehicle started on simple wooden benches à la Munich Oktoberfest.
Mercedes Board Member Markus Schäfer (56) recalls: “We started in 2016 with the aim of building an electric S-Class. But we have challenged our whole way of working from the past. “The individual offices have been removed. We have cleared a factory room and put wooden benches, some cabinets and sofa corners. We have gathered the whole development team in this open office.”
The star disappears
The new freedoms meant that EQS, for example, was the first starless S-Class on the hood. Due to the curved hood, which fits perfectly into the teardrop-shaped side, the driver could not see the star at all. This shape, in turn, is crucial for the range.
At 0.20, EQS has the lowest drag coefficient of a production car – in other words: no car is so simplistic. Especially with electric vehicles, a lower drag coefficient, ie lower air resistance, ensures a significantly greater range. The current generation of Toyota Prius and Tesla Model 3 with drag coefficient values of 0.24 and 0.23, respectively, led the way.
600 kilometers in everyday life
With EQS this means: With the rear wheel version 245 kW (333 PS), 780 km is possible with a single battery charge according to the WLTP measurement cycle. The four-wheel drive version 385 kW (523 hp) still manages 676 km. On our first test drive from Andermatt over the Oberalp Pass and along the Walensee to Rapperswil, the estimated range of the four-wheel drive EQS was almost 600 km. Reassuring.
However, fast travel is not really the core talent of EQS. Of course it goes to 100 km / h in 4.3 or 6.2 seconds, but at brakes and turns, 2.5 tons of empty weight pushes it significantly down. In addition, the crazy electric fist of competitors Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S is missing. This should be intended for the AMG-EQS with 470 kW (639 PS) that will follow next year.
EQS runs quietly
The electric sedan is designed exclusively for comfort. It starts with the slim steering wheel and silky suspension, but the highlight is the comfort of the noise. Virtually no sound penetrates inside. The electrical unit is silent, however, the batteries of the battery cooling system or tires can not be heard. Only a stormy wind penetrates from time to time.
But even that leaves us cold in the luxurious interior of EQS – the atmosphere is definitely S-class. Small drawback: The plastic cover around the start button on the center console looks very cheap, even for A-Class, even if we could overlook it there. In EQS it is twice as noticeable because the star does not save luxury. In terms of technology, the new XXL super-display is even better than the S-Class.
It should be possible to order EQS by next week. The first copies will be released in Switzerland in September. Prices are not yet known, but should start at around 125,000 francs. A cheaper entry-level version will follow next year. But there is also the first electric luxury sedan, where the fear of range is no longer an issue.
How big is the interest of Swiss customers in Mercedes EQS?
Marc Langenbrinck: Thumping! But this does not surprise me because the car looks completely different from all previous Mercedes. We recently had a Swiss customer event. 25 out of 30 customers said they wanted to buy EQS. Now I have the feeling when we have a real best seller and EQS is definitely one.
It remains Mercedes and therefore exclusive. To what extent can EQS fuel electric mobility in Mercedes?
When EQS becomes a status symbol, customers will change automatically. But even then, electromobility has not yet caught on. Every customer who is interested in an electric car with us practically asks first: Where do I charge it?
How does Mercedes help customers?
On the move, they have access to 200,000 public charging stations in Europe via the Mercedes Me Charge. The billing data is stored in the car. All you have to do is connect and charge. For the home, we do not just offer a box. Our complete package includes connection control and even an electrician for installation. We bring the faucet and the pipe home, so to speak. The tank must come from somewhere else: But that’s what the electricity industry is for. In the 1910s and 1920s, no one expected to build gas stations.