EQS 450+ far exceeds EPA estimate in track test
Mercedes-Benz’s new EQS 450+ electric sedan boasts an EPA-estimated range of 350 miles on a single charge. That’s a very impressive claim, so the folks at Edmunds decided to test it out for themselves. They discovered that, much like the Energizer bunny, the EQS 450+ just keeps going and going and going. On an EV loop range over a 12-hour period, Edmunds drivers were able to wring out 422 miles from the 107.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
Not only is that 72 miles over the EPA estimate, it’s a whopping 77 miles more than the previous record, held by Tesla, for most miles on a single charge for a real-world electric vehicle test on Edmunds’ track. Edmunds said it took 20 hours to get the EQS 450+ to full charge on its Level 2 charger and estimated the cost range of those 422 miles at $41.08 in Hawaii and just $12.45 in Washington state. Mercedes’ first electric offering since the 1906 Electrique is essentially the EV equivalent of an S-Class sedan and starts at around $102,000.
The EV with the highest EPA-estimated range is the Lucid Air, at a whopping 520 miles, followed in a distance second by the Tesla Model S at 396 miles. The Model S Plaid retains the title of fastest car Edmunds has ever tested, going from 0 to 60 in just over 2 seconds.
As more automakers big and small pour resources into the EV market, a necessary business decision given the requirements that governments across the globe are putting on new vehicles, battery technology and range will only continue to improve, making for cars that go farther and take less time to charge. As models like the EQS 450+ make clear, drivers won’t have to sacrifice luxury when they make the switch from gas.