The new generation of electric vehicles in the luxury and premium segment is based on a custom-developed architecture. It is suitable for all aspects of the vehicle and can be used for all model series. The wheelbase and track as well as all other system components, especially the batteries, are variable thanks to the modular design. The vehicle concept is thus optimized to meet all the requirements of a family of future-oriented battery-electric models. This vehicle architecture makes it possible to build Mercedes-Benz electric cars, ranging from sedans to SUVs.
The EQS will allow customers to fully benefit from all the advantages of a fully electric architecture in terms of space and design. With a range of up to 700 km (according to WLTP), the EQS also meets the demands of an evolutionary sedan. At the same time, Mercedes-Benz remains true to its recipe for production success and designs its vehicles and factories in such a way that it can flexibly build different models on the same production lines. Electric vehicles also use pioneering cross-industry technologies from Mercedes-Benz such as, for example, the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) control and display system or driver assistance systems.
In September 2019, the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept car gave some clues about the progressive design of the upcoming EQS. The prototypes under test also herald revolutionary key design features for the luxury segment, such as the front cabin or coupe-like “unibody” styling. However, the design details of the EQS SUV, EQE and EQE SUV, which are critical to the success of the electric initiative, remain a secret to the public at this time.
Mercedes-Benz will introduce the "all-electric" architecture in 2021. At the same time, the company will continue to electrify the best-performing platforms. In addition to EQC (EQC 400 4MATIC, combined power consumption: 21.3-20.2 kWh / 100 km; weighted CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) and EQV (EQV 300, energy consumption combined: 26.4-26.3 kWh / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g / km) 1, customers in the compact car segment can expect two fully electric SUVs, the EQA and the EQB . Production of the EQA will begin before the end of this year.
Final sprint towards mass production: the EQS on the last stages of testing
The EQS system is currently undergoing final testing, including at the Immendingen Test and Technology Center. Systematic validation of the entire vehicle serves to ensure high quality standards and is one of the extensive measures in the development process of each Mercedes-Benz model series. The stations include rigorous winter testing in Scandinavia, chassis and drivetrain testing on test tracks, public roads and the high-speed test track at Nardo. Full vehicle tests are also being carried out in the heat of southern Europe and South Africa, as well as road tests currently being conducted in China and the United States. In the case of the EQS, special attention is given to the electric powertrain and the battery, of course. They too are tested and approved to the highest Mercedes-Benz standards.
“The EQS has already racked up over two million kilometers of testing, from the heat of South Africa to the cold of northern Sweden,” said Christoph Starzynski, vice president of EV architecture and responsible for EQ vehicles at Mercedes-Benz. “The EQS will be the S-Class of electric vehicles. That’s why it is subject to the same demanding development program as any other vehicle that has the privilege of proudly wearing the three-pointed star. In addition, there have been a number of tests specific to electric cars which cover important development priorities such as range, charging and efficiency. "
The EQS is produced with the S-Class at "Factory 56" in Sindelfingen, one of the most modern automobile factories in the world. For some time, factory flexibility has been an investment priority of Mercedes-Benz Operations (MO), which is responsible for the production of cars around the world. The technical equipment including pioneering Industry 4.0 solutions is a key factor in this flexibility. Thanks to the very flexible structures, all factories are able to produce vehicles with different types of powertrains and therefore respond quickly to changes in demand in the markets. The opportunities of electric mobility can be seized with limited investment need.
As part of its "Ambition 2039" initiative, Mercedes-Benz strives to deliver a fleet of new CO2-neutral cars in less than 20 years. The Star brand wants electric cars, including all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, to account for more than half of its sales by 2030.