Mercedes-Benz EQS Gets an EPA Estimated Range of 350 Miles

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【Summary】As we expected, the EQS electric sedan’s official EPA range is well below its claimed figure from the European WLTP cycle.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Nov 23, 2021 6:15 AM PT
Mercedes-Benz EQS Gets an EPA Estimated Range of 350 Miles

The high-tech, ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Benz EQS has some impressive figures. The six-figure flagship EV is Mercedes' stunning entry into the expanding world of high-end electric cars. When Mercedes announced the sedan earlier this April, the automaker used the European WLTP cycle for range. The EQS has an impressive amount of range on that cycle, but the EPA's official figure for the U.S., which recently came out, isn't nearly as flattering.

EQS Lands In The Middle

On the European WLTP cycle, the EQS has a range of 478 miles. According to the EPA's official number, the base EQS 450+ with rear-wheel drive will be able to travel 350 miles on a single charge. That configuration has one electric motor for 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The available EQS 580 4Matic with all-wheel drive has an estimated range of up to 340 miles. The dual-motor configuration results in 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. Both come with a 107.8-kWh battery pack.

While the EPA's testing tends to be much harsher on EVs than the European WLTP testing cycle, seeing a 128-mile difference is shocking. Against other luxurious EVs, the EQS' figures are disappointing.

The Tesla Model S Long Range can travel up to 405 miles and costs $91,190. The Lucid Air Dream Edition, which practically came out of nowhere, was rated by the EPA to have a range of 520 miles and offers 933 horsepower. The Porsche Taycan only has a range of 227 miles. Audi's flagship electric car, the e-tron GT, has a range of 238 miles.

Mercedes Falls Behind Tesla, Lucid

The EQS' official EPA range puts it in an odd spot in the segment. It puts the sedan above main rivals like the Taycan and e-tron GT, but well behind Tesla and Lucid. We certainly weren't expecting Mercedes to best the Lucid Air, which quickly became the longest-range EV the EPA has ever tested, but we were expecting it to get closer to Tesla.

This could also be one of those instances where the EPA's official figures are conservative. Automotive outlets were able to get more range from the Porsche Tacyan and Audi e-tron GT than their official numbers. So, the EQS may be able to get more range than the EPA states in real-world testing, but that remains to be seen.

While the EQS has far less range than the Model S or Lucid Air, we don't really think that will affect its popularity. The sedan offers luxury and tech features that you can't find on any of its competitors. With the EQS, Mercedes-Benz has stuck to what it does best, but has raised the bar even higher.

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