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Mercedes EQS range, battery & charging

Thanks to an enormous battery and aerodynamic design, the EQS boasts one of the longest ranges of any electric car

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
EQS 450+453 miles17hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)32mins (10-80%, 200kW)
EQS 580 4MATIC*420 miles17hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)32mins (10-80%, 200kW)

* not currently available in UK

Eventually, a 90kWh battery will be available in the EQS, but for now all versions of the zero-emissions luxury limousine feature a 107.8kWh unit – one of the largest fitted to a production electric car. It’s more than four times the size of the battery you’ll find in the entry-level Fiat 500.

Mercedes EQS range

Both versions of the regular EQS announced so far have a range of over 400 miles thanks to that whopping 107.8kWh battery and the EQS’ aerodynamic design. According to Mercedes, the entry-level, rear-drive 450+ can cover 453 miles on a charge. For reference, the latest Tesla Model S has a range of just over 400 miles, while another luxurious EV – the BMW iX – offers up to 380 miles of range from a charge.

Charge time

Unsurprisingly, due to the gigantic battery, it takes a long time to recharge the EQS. Fully recharging from flat using an 11kW home wallbox (if your house has a three-phase supply) or public charging point will take just under 12 hours. However, the same top-up from a more common 7.4kW wallbox will take over 17 hours.

Thankfully, the EQS also boasts impressive rapid-charging capability, with a maximum speed of 200kW. Find one of the few 350kW ultra-rapid charging points in the UK and you can take the EQS from 10-80% capacity in just over half an hour.

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