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
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|EQS 450+||453 miles||17hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||32mins (10-80%, 200kW)|
|EQS 580 4MATIC*||420 miles||17hrs 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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictMercedes' electric flagship doesn't disappoint when it comes to interior quality or on-board technology, although ride comfort can't quite match that of the traditional S-Class
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingThanks to an enormous battery and aerodynamic design, the EQS boasts one of the longest ranges of any electric car
- 3Running costs & insuranceMercedes' EV flagship is expensive, and pricey to insure as a result, but servicing and company-car tax costs are as low as for any electric car
- 4Performance, motor & driveIt packs a punch, and despite its length the EQS still feels agile thanks to rear-wheel steering; it can’t match the S-Class when it comes to ride comfort, however
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe EQS’ interior quality more than matches up to the S-Class, which established the benchmark for this type of luxury car
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityCabin space is generous, but the EQS falls slightly short of the Mercedes S-Class in this respect
- 7Reliability & safety ratingAs you’d expect from a Mercedes, the EQS is overflowing with technology and safety systems, the result of which is the maximum five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating