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Mercedes-Benz Plans to Launch All-Electric S-Class

Mercedes-Benz has concluded plans to launch a stand-alone, all-electric member of the new S-Class range in August. The luxury automaker made the plans known in a statement posted on its website over the weekend.

Known as Mercedes-Benz EQS, the luxury EV shall come with SUV and EQE business saloon variants.

According to the German automaker, further models based on the new architecture will follow soon.

“The EQS,” it states,  “will allow customers in the luxury segment to benefit fully from all the advantages of an all-electric architecture with respect to space and design.

“With ranges of up to 770 km (according to WLTP)1, the EQS meets the requirements on a progressive saloon in the S-Class segment in this respect as well. The new world record in aerodynamics for production cars with a cd value of 0.202 contributes significantly to this.

“The new generation of electric vehicles in the luxury and executive segment is based on a custom-developed architecture, which is scalable in every aspect and can be used across model series. The wheelbase and track as well as all other system components, especially the batteries, are variable thanks to the modular design.”

The vehicle concept is thus optimized to meet every requirement of a future-oriented, battery-electric model family.

With an operating range of up to 770 kilometres (WLTP) and an output of up to 385 kW, EQS’  powertrain is said to also meet every expectation of a progressive saloon in the S-Class segment.

All EQS models have an electric powertrain (eATS) at the rear axle, while the versions with 4MATIC also have an eATS at the front axle.

“The EQS can be charged with up to 200 kW at fast charging stations with direct current. At home or at public charging stations, the EQS can be conveniently charged with up to 22 kW with AC using the on-board charger. The EQS will also allow bidirectional charging in Japan, i.e. charging in both directions. In addition, there are various intelligent charging programs that can be activated automatically depending on the location, and functions such as particularly battery-saving charging,” it added.

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