Mercedes-Benz seems to have overestimated at the least certainly one of its new all-electric EQS’s skills.
The German luxurious marque’s new electrical flagship has obtained a 350-mile vary ranking from the Environmental Safety Company (h/t Inside EVs). That’s each excellent news and unhealthy: Whereas the ranking makes the automobile one of many longer-range EVs available on the market, it misses the corporate’s personal estimates by about 50 miles.
With the lower-than-expected pricing for the EQS introduced final month, it was solely a matter of time earlier than the automobile’s EPA vary estimate was revealed. The EPA gave the single-motor mannequin of the sedan, the EQS 450+, a spread ranking of 350 miles after conducting its personal checks. The highly effective dual-motor model, the EQS 580 4MATIC, in the meantime, isn’t a lot additional behind, with a spread ranking of 340 miles.
Model proclamations apart, each ranges are unequivocally excellent. This isn’t just like the nightmare Porsche confronted when the EPA launched outcomes for the Taycan (a mere 200-mile vary) on the finish of 2019. The truth is, when the EQS goes on sale later this fall, it is going to be the fourth highest-range EV available on the market, trailing solely the Tesla Mannequin S Lengthy Vary (which has a spread of 405 miles), the Tesla Mannequin X Lengthy Vary (360 miles) and Tesla Mannequin 3 Lengthy Vary AWD (353). It’s going to drop a spot when the Lucid Air goes on sale, since that EV has already obtained a record-breaking vary of 520 miles from the EPA.
We’re guessing Mercedes gained’t take a lot delight in ending within the high 5, although. Though its EPA ranking was by no means going to match the 485 miles it bought in WLTP testing—the European check is rather more beneficiant than its American counterpart—a determine in “extra of 400 miles” was being thrown round throughout preview drives within the spring and summer season. The EPA ranking is available in 50 miles in need of that, that means it missed the low finish of that estimate by 12.5 %. (Representatives for Mercedes-Benz didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.)
Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless hope for the EQS. Earlier this yr, automotive data service Edmunds discovered that the Taycan beat its EPA vary by 120 miles in testing that attempted to duplicate real-world driving circumstances. Possibly 485 miles isn’t out of the query in any case.