Mercedes has recently entered the electric vehicle industry with its all-new EQ series. The company has built the EQ series from the ground up as a battery-electric vehicle. Mercedes previewed the first model that was Generation EQ concept vehicle at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.
Mercedes launches All-New EQ Series
Benz intends to produce ten EQ series models by the end of 2022. The plug-in electric vehicle series will be Mercedes’ proprietary electric vehicle series and all the vehicles will be full-electric vehicles. This series will certainly help Mercedes gain a foothold in the electric vehicle industry. Such big players entering the electric vehicle market means that the days of gas-guzzling luxury vehicles are over. These luxury vehicles have a huge carbon footprint and cause a lot of harm to the planet.
EQC was the first vehicle in the series. However, Mercedes built this vehicle on the GLC platform that was not meant for BEVs. Therefore, there are some features of an Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) in the EQC. The EQC debuted in 2019 and has been on sale since.
In 2020, Mercedes started production of the lesser-known EQV which is a minivan. EQV is only available in specific markets. This vehicle can seat up to 8 people and has a range of 405 kilometers. The battery in the EQV has a capacity of 90 KWh and can be charged from 10% to 80% in 45 minutes.
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During the 2021 Munich Motor Show, Mercedes unveiled fascinating models from the EQ series. The legacy automaker unveiled 5 new electric cars namely the EQA, EQB, EQE, EQS, and EQG.
EQA is a sporty hatchback and EQB is a crossover. Additionally, EQE is the much-coveted electric version of the classic E-class and EQS is the electric version of the luxurious S-class. Moreover, the most unexpected revelation was that of the Mercedes EQG which is the electric version of the popular G wagon.
All the vehicles have an average range of 450 kilometers as well as a battery capacity of 80-100 KWh. The price range of these vehicles will most likely be competitive with similar models from other manufacturers like Tesla, Volkswagen, Audi, and BMW.
Mercedes also previewed a very luxurious MAYBACH SUV concept car which according to the automaker is ‘close to the production version of the vehicle. You can check out the new Maybach SUV concept below.
Very few electric vehicles have the luxuries that was available in traditional Internal Combustion engine vehicles. Mercedes is a legacy brand and people know it for its luxury. Now that the company has entered the emerging market, it will surely make an impact on the EV sector.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQS is the first electric saloon car from the legacy automaker. It is the first model to be based on the Modular Architecture for Luxury and executive class. Mercedes has called the EQS ‘the first electric vehicle in the luxury class’ and they are absolutely true. No other electric vehicle comes close to the EQS when it is a matter of luxury. The first models of the EQS on the market will be the EQS 450+ with 245 KW and EQS 580 4MATIC with 345 KW.
The range of the EQS is up to 770 kilometers (WLTP) with a maximum battery capacity of 107.8 kWh. Mercedes built the battery management software in-house to keep the batteries stable and provide adequate output. EQS has Internet connectivity therefore, it is capable of over-the-air updates.
The car has a smooth glass grill with a Mercedes logo in the middle. The car has an LED headlights and the rear lights form a light bar. This rear light stretches from one end of the car to the other.
The interior of the car shouts Mercedes. Since it is a Mercedes the car has a distinct styling. The interior of the car has 3 screens which is named the MBUX Hyperscreen and a lot of controls for various functionalities. It has ambient lights whose color can be changed by the passengers.
The car has a proprietary navigation system called the Electric Intelligence. The navigation calculates the optimal route as well as shows the charging stations along the route for convenient charging. As everyone knows Mercedes is bespoke. Due to this, the company has come up with a state-of-the-art Infotainment system called the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system. The car has rear axis steering which allows it to take sharper turns easily and turn in tight spaces.
The EQ series is a symbol of luxury not only in the electric vehicle sector but in the automobile industry as a whole. Many more companies are pouring capital to develop EVs which will provide healthy competition in the market. Mercedes has proven that it wants to reduce its carbon footprint and clean up the earth. More EVs are on the way.