The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Mercedes-Benz EQS
Price: £129,170
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 108.4 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 362 – 365 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

Overview


Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles, to include the Mercedes eSprinter commercial EV and the Mercedes eVito electric van.

Mercedes-Benz EQ is the sub-brand used by the company for its portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The pure electric cars are branded as EQ, while the PHEVs are branded as EQ Power. The mild hybrid vehicles are branded as EQ Boost. The BEV portfolio includes:



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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV


The all-electric Mercedes EQS is the first pure electric luxury SUV from Mercedes, and is part of the Mercedes EQ electric mobility family. The electric vehicle (EV) has been designed and developed from-the-ground-up. Luxury does not come cheap at this premium level, but for those families and businesses keen on refinement, practicality and an environmentally-friendly ultra-premium SUV, few EVs can compete with the Mercedes EQS SUV.

From the perspective of electric driving, the electric SUV has much to offer. For a start, the onboard EV battery size is 108.4 kWh, which is certainly an above average size, and the claimed zero-emission electric range is up to 365 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for the real-world driving conditions, the e-SUV should be able to deliver over 300 miles on a full charge. Bottom-line, the EV is not only luxurious, but also practical, for short and long distance driving.

Despite the surge in energy prices, driving an electric car continues to remain cheaper, compared to driving a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol or diesel SUV. For those charging at home, in particular, leveraging the advantages of on-site solar or wind generation, the cost per mile for driving an electric car can be lower than 10 pence.

On-site green energy generation (solar or wind), will help achieve well-to-wheel zero-tailpipe emission electric driving. There are a number of suitable solar compatible EV chargers on the market. Our favourite solar EV charger is the myenergi zappi, which can be sourced via e-zoomed.

It is true, in that, the majority of EV charging is done at home, usually overnight. However, for those that travel long-distances on motorways on a regular basis, the electric EQS is well positioned for public charging. The EV is capable of ultra-rapid charging up to 200 kW DC. Put another way, it will take only 31 minutes to charge the EV battery from 10% to 80% via a 200 kW DC charger. Of course, the key is finding an ultra-rapid DC charging station en route. Also worth noting is that DC public charging is more expensive than charging at home!

For those charging at home in the UK, in all probability, you will be charging using a single-phase (7.4 kW AC) EV charger like easee. Do keep in mind that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply. At 7.4 kW AC, it will take up to 16 hours and 45 minutes to achieve a charge from 10% – 80%. We recommend a ‘topping up’ approach to EV charging. This way, charging times will be shorter. Regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. Mercedes offers a class-leading 10 years or 155,000 miles warranty.

With those with access to three-phase (22 kW AC) EV charging at the workplace or public charging destinations, the EV can be charged up to 80% in 5 hours 30 minutes. The manufacturer offers a 22 kW AC onboard charger as standard.

The EV is being built at the Mercedes-Benz Bibb Country/Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As part of the broader strategy to use renewable energy for its production facilities, the Bibb County site’s entire electricity needs will be met through renewable energy sources from 2024. Mercedes is also committed to responsible mining of raw materials like cobalt and lithium, used in EV battery production. The company has adopted the IRMA standard for responsible mining.

The EQS is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which can be controlled via voice, touch or gesture. The infotainment system can overtime predict personal habits using artificial intelligence (AI). The EV also has on offer, ZYNC, the Mercedes premium-in-car digital entertainment platform, to include, over 1,500 hours of readily available content! Mercedes offers the Hyperscreen package at an additional cost. The Hyperscreen has 3 displays blended seamlessly. The central display is 17.7-inch and the passenger display is 12.3-inches.

The electric car is also equipped (like the case with other EQ models) with an external acoustic warning to alert pedestrians or cyclists at speeds under 19 mph. Of course, one of the advantages of electric driving is the blissful silence in the cabin!

Mercedes continues to push the boundaries on safety features. The EQS SUV incorporates a new Digital Light headlamp, which the automotive manufacturer claims is ‘like a projector with more than one million pixels per headlamp and responds with brilliant light to changing traffic, road or weather conditions’. Other safety features available, include: active blind spot assist, active brake assist with cross-traffic function, active distance assist DISTRONIC, active traffic sign assist, active speed limit assist and more!

In terms of performance, the all-wheel drive EQS electric does not disappoint. The EV has an electric motor at both the front and rear axles. The EV is available in two powertrain variants. The EQS 450 4MATIC and the EQS 580 4MATIC. The EQS 450 can achieve 0-62 mph in 6 seconds (max power: 360 hp/ torque: 800 Nm).

The EQS 580 can achieve 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds (max power: 544 hp/ torque: 858 Nm). The top speed of the e-SUV is 130 mph. Impressive, despite the weight of the vehicle (2.8 tonnes). Of course, the EV also delivers instant torque. In terms of practicality, the EQS electric SUV offers 5 seats. The EV offers boot space up to 565 L.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. Mercedes-Benz electric cars are available to lease via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow this link to enquire!


PROS CONS
Good electric range and practical Available in only one EV battery size
Technology filled Expensive
22 kW AC onboard charger and 200 kW DC charging as standard Exterior colour palette limited

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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV (credit: Mercedes)


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
EQS AMG Line Premium Plus (from £129,170)
EQS Business Class (from £143,495)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1718
Width (mm):2157
Length (mm):5125
Wheelbase (mm):3210
Turning Circle (m):11.0
Boot Space (L)565

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 108.4 kWh
Charging:200 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (10%-100%: 5 hrs 30 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:10 years or 155,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

EQS 450 4MATIC SUV
EV Battery Capacity:108.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):362 – 365 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):21.2 – 21.0
Charging: 200 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (10%-100%: 5 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:130 mph
0-62 mph:6.0 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):360
Torque (Nm): 800
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,805
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

EQS 580 4MATIC SUV
EV Battery Capacity:108.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):362 – 364 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):21.2 – 21.0
Charging: 200 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 22 kW AC (10%-100%: 5 hrs 30 mins)
Top Speed:130 mph
0-62 mph:4.6 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):544
Torque (Nm): 858
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):2,810
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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