Vision EQS is certainly a concept, but the promised range of 700 km can give Mercedes a whole new position. The electric car can be charged to 80 percent in less than 20 minutes. With 469 hp, 0-100 km / h is cut in 4.5 seconds.
To become a leader in the electrified segment, Mercedes will invest € 11 billion over the next few years. But when the manufacturer launched its first electric suv 2018, EQC made many disappointed. Among them were Ny Teknik’s reporter who thought the model was reasonable and lacked a performance that could challenge Tesla.
But now Mercedes shows where the cabinet should stand. At the Frankfurt fair, the supercar Vision EQS was unveiled – and if the concept reflects what the manufacturer has in the coat sleeve, Daimler moves forward its positions vis-à-vis its competitors.
The range is stated to be up to 700 kilometers. The figure is based on laboratory evaluations made in accordance with the European WLTP test cycle. With that, Mercedes Tesla is tapping its fingers, whose Long Range versions of the Model S and Model X deliver 505 kilometers of range. EQS also goes 25 miles further than Porsche Taycan on a charge.
The battery pack is around 100 kWh and the Mercedes must have a 350 kW fast charging system which is said to give 80 percent charge in under 20 minutes. The EQS is four-wheel-drive and the motors on both axles together develop about 350 kW. This corresponds to 469 horsepower – and the torque is 759 Nm. This means that the car will travel at 0-100 km / h in 4.5 seconds, according to Mercedes press release.
Upholstery based on recycled garbage
The prototype will deliver autonomous driving at level 3, but a modular sensor system should be easily upgraded to full autonomy. The car’s radar and cameras interact with what is said to be a revolutionary lighting. The Mercedes Digital Light system has HD lenses, each containing more than one million micro mirrors. They provide individual control over each bright spot, allowing the direction and strength of the light cone to be controlled so that others are not dazzled.
The light can also form patterns to communicate with other road users, for example by drawing up a pedestrian crossing that shows when it is safe to cross the road. The software in the system is controlled by algorithms that interact with the car’s sensors.
Vision EQS stands out with what Mercedes claims is the world’s first digital grill, where 188 LED lights create a 3D effect. A further 229 bright spots adorn the stern. In terms of design, the body represents the Mercedes design language One Bow, which will be found in a number of upcoming models. On the inside, classic wooden panels have been combined with a series of projected displays that form a coherent instrumentation. Both upholstery and interior are based on recycled plastic debris.