Mercedes-Benz EQS reveals its powertrain and battery secrets in detail

Mercedes-Benz took us on a digital experience-along in the new Mercedes-EQS with Dr. Fabbian Wuttke, project lead, sedan improvement. Alongside the way, he divulged a variety of facts, figures and far more about the electrical sedan that we’ve been waiting around so patiently to hear about.

The major number we already read yesterday was Mercedes’ claimed 478 miles of assortment in WLTP screening. It is tough to say what that will translate into for EPA tests, but we can safely and securely presume that the range will be more than 400 miles. That arrives thanks to a battery pack with 107.8 kWh of usable storage (we asked for the battery’s full likely dimension, but Mercedes is not telling but). This gigantic battery pack is the larger sized of two packs that will be available, however Mercedes isn’t divulging what the scaled-down pack’s potential is nonetheless either. Mercedes brags of extremely speedy charging and 400-volt architecture, even though, 

You are going to be able to demand the EQS at quickly charging stations at speeds up to 200 kW. Which is fantastic for 186 miles of selection after just 15 minutes of charging (employing the WLTP selection as the foundation for this argument). That’s equal to about 39% of charge in 15 minutes. This higher level of charging is managed via the car’s battery temperature and charging administration units. There is an “ECO Charging” method offered that lowers the fee of charge if you’re concerned about the have on and getting older of the battery at those charging costs. 

An uncomplicated charging technique identified as “Plug & Play” will be out there to U.S. owners (absolutely free for just two yrs) that, in accordance to Mercedes, will allow for you to simply travel up and plug in with no needing to fuss with an application or other tech. It is even now vague, but Mercedes states that you’ll be ready to use this tech at above 90% of general public charging details in the country.

Mercedes is also speaking about what people batteries will be powering. Quite a few diverse versions of the EQS with various power outputs will be obtainable from the start. The base rear-wheel-push EQS will produce 329 horsepower from a single motor on the car’s rear axle. A twin-motor (one in back and one in entrance) all-wheel-drive edition with 516 horsepower will be obtainable, way too — the rear motor is far more powerful than the entrance. Mercedes is teasing an “even extra strong efficiency version” that will appear at a later on date. That sounds like an AMG variant to us. The -62 mph time on the 516-horse model is 4.3 seconds, whilst the single-motor EQS will do it in 6.3 seconds. Major pace for both of those is minimal to 130 mph.

Mercedes says this electric powered model of 4Matic all-wheel generate has a great deal more rapidly response vs . its mechanical all-wheel generate programs. Which is to be envisioned with electric motors. The motors themselves are engineered with a specific foam mat surrounding them for outstanding resistance to NVH problems. A total host of excess get the job done contributes to making these motors extremely quiet and suit for S-Course level sounds and vibration comfort and ease. Acoustic foam utilized during the entire body aids provide silence to the cabin. New systems had been also engineered for the window seals and door composition to minimize sounds — there will be an “acoustic ease and comfort package” available that provides laminated glass panes to the car or truck. However, Mercedes will also level out that the car’s .20 coefficient of drag (very best of any recent production car) also minimizes wind sounds. It has a easy underbody, aero-formed spoilers and you’ll have the alternative between 19-, 20- and 21-inch wheels. Also contributing to this determine are unique, new A-pillar trim strips and seamless doorway handles.

Mercedes-Benz EQS reveals its powertrain and battery secrets in detail

One particular-pedal driving will be probable with the EQS. Change paddles on the steering wheel will allow for you to swap involving a few degrees of brake recuperation. Also convenient in the town will be a 4-wheel steering method. Just like the new S-Class (the systems are nearly identical), Mercedes will allow you to opt for amongst an alternative that can turn the rear wheels 4.5 levels or 10 degrees. At its finest, the turning circle can be decreased to just 35.8 feet. Interestingly, Mercedes tells us that four-wheel steering will be 1 of the objects it gives as a put up-obtain enhance, enabling you to enhance to the 10-diploma lock if you notice the 4.5 is not sufficient to begin with.

A miscellaneous item Mercedes highlighted is its “Navigation with Electrical Intelligence” method. Just like quite a few EVs, the EQS will prepare your route around out there charging stations. It will also choose into account genuine-time visitors, and you can mechanically established how substantially demand you want remaining in reserve to make it to a charging station. The EQS can estimate how a great deal a charging prevent will price on the screen for you and will mechanically keep track of your performance and navigation technique, just in situation you will need to swap into ECO mode to eke out the last few miles to a plug.

Mercedes-Benz EQS reveals its powertrain and battery secrets in detail

Mercedes also highlighted a couple of circumstances in which it’s utilizing sustainable and environmentally friendly materials to manufacture the EQS. In complete, the EQS has about 176 kilos of recycled or renewable components inside it. These include recycled plastics for cable ducting, recycled yarn for flooring coverings and even sustainably created aluminum for the hood. The battery pack by itself (designed in-dwelling by Mercedes) works by using significantly less cobalt and improved battery chemistry than Mercedes’ past generation of battery tech did, and it is also able of acquiring around-the-air battery administration procedure updates. Never get it mistaken, nevertheless. The EQS can nonetheless be absolutely decked out in actual leather and other ultra-luxe products — there are no vegan solutions to converse of below.

Even while this is the 2nd recent deep dive we have had into the EQS, Mercedes is even now holding back again on revealing the whole car. That digital function will appear on April 15, so the wait around is nearly about. 

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