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Quick Comparison: The Mercedes-Benz EQS vs the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan

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【Summary】Here's a quick comparison of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQS luxury-electric sedan and its chief rivals in the segment—the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan.

Manish Kharinta    Aug 10, 2020 1:30 PM PT
Quick Comparison: The Mercedes-Benz EQS vs the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan

Japan's Honda Motor Company recently announced that it will be purchasing a stake in Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), the Chinese EV battery manufacturing giant. The automaker intends on using this partnership to jointly develop battery technology, which will be used to energize Honda's upcoming electric vehicle portfolio.

German automaker Daimler AG also partnered with CATL, commissioning the company manufacturer to batteries for the upcoming Mercedes Benz EQS. 

CATL recently divulged some new information about the luxury-electric EQS, so we decided to compare the upcoming battery-powered sedan to the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S, in order to see how Mercedes will fare against the current competition in the segment.

Porsche Taycan

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We expect that the Mercedes Benz EQS will primarily rival the electric Porsche Taycan, which according to NEDC delivers a maximum range of 303 miles. The Taycan is available in three variants—the Taycan 4S, Taycan Turbo, and Taycan Turbo S. 

The lowest priced Porsche Taycan is the 4S, which is priced at $105,150. The Turbo model starts at $152,250, while the top-of-the-line Turbo S Taycan is priced at $186,350. All three battery-powered versions get a dual motor setup with all-wheel-drive. 

Reports suggest that pricing for the Mercedes EQS will start somewhere around $96,000. The luxury electric sedan will feature the same 469 hp electric powertrain in the Vision EQS concept. If true, the Mercedes-Benz EQS will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Like Tesla's vehicles, the entry-level Taycan 4S is available in two power setups. The peak power output of the 4S is rated at 522 horsepower, whereas 4S models equipped with a larger battery pack churns out 563 hp. 

Moving up to the next model, the power output of the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo is rated at 670 hp, whereas the top-end Turbo S model gets a peak power output of 750 hp, which helps it accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. 

All of that power comes with tradeoffs. According to EPA estimates, Porsche's Taycan Turbo delivers just 201 miles of range, while the more powerful Turbo S has an estimated range of 192 miles. 

Mercedes-Benz EQS

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In a recent press release, CATL confirmed that the Mercedes-Benz EQS will be capable of delivering a WLTP range of 435-miles (700 km), which is what Mercedes Benz initially promised.

CATL also announced that it has successfully developed a new battery technology that allows a battery cell to operate for 16 years or 12.5 million miles (20 million kilometers) without much degradation. The long-life batteries will only cost roughly 10% more than its current battery cells, the company said. 

For now, it remains unclear if this new super battery pack will make its way into the Mercedes Benz EQS, but CATL did confirm that the upcoming electric sedan will feature its Cell-To-Pack (CTP) battery technology. 

CATL developed CTP technology as a way to install each battery cell into a pack without segregating the cell groups into individual modules. CATL's new long-life EV battery will also feature CTP technology. Since CTP batteries require less wiring and electronics, as well as a simplified cooling system, they are also much lighter than regular cell modules.

The battery packs for the Mercedes-Benz EQS will be manufactured out of CATL's new €4 billion facility in Thuringia, Germany. Construction of the factory began last year. The battery factory will have a 14 GWh production capacity once it's fully operational. 

The Tesla Model S

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The only EV that comes close to the range of the Mercedes Benz EQS is the Tesla Model S sedan, which became the first-ever EV to offer more than 400 miles of all-electric range

With the Long Range Model S starting at $69,490 (after accounting for potential savings) and the fact that Tesla is the world's most valuable carmaker, it will definitely make customers question the value Mercedes-Benz EQS has to offer with its exorbitant price tag. 

However, its doubtful that the Model S will come anywhere close to matching the level of luxury and opulence of the Mercedes Benz EQS. 

As far as performance is concerned, the Long Range Tesla Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, whereas the Model S Performance only takes 2.3 seconds to make the same run. The Performance is priced at $89,490, which is still less than the EQS. 

Tesla has also confirmed that a more powerful "Plaid" version of Model S is in the works. Last year, the company confirmed that both the Model X SUV and Model S will get new "Plaid" variants that will feature larger battery packs.

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