The recent Frankfurt Motor Show saw Mercedes-Benz premiere the next vehicle in their Electric Intelligence (EQ) range: the EQS. The Mercedes-Benz press conference at the 2019 IAA focused on sustainable solutions for the future of mobility, which are reflected in the products as well as in the business strategy.
As Mercedes-Benz continues to position itself as a manufacturer of sustainable luxury automobiles, VISION EQS show car celebrated its world premiere. The electric luxury sedan underlines that sustainability is a central issue and gives an outlook on the future of Mercedes-Benz, including the production of 10 EQ models by 2022. Three of these will carry the Smart brand.
The inventor of the automobile showcased the new electric vehicle’s (EV) lavish use of sustainable materials, including a roof liner made from recycled ocean waste plastic and, unlike many EV competitors, no leather and an absence of chrome. The familiar Mercedes-Benz tri-star logo has instead been replaced with accent lighting in the form of some 200 pinpoint LEDs.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS joins its sister EVs, the EQC – our first production EQ, due out this year – and the EQV, the first fully-electric premium MPV from Mercedes-Benz. The EQS is scheduled for production in 2020 and will be the first EQ model based on the dedicated MEA (modular electric architecture) platform.
The Vision EQS has a range of some 435 miles on its 100 kilowatt-hour battery pack because of its reliance on lightweight materials, intelligent operating system and an extremely aerodynamic design. The Vision EQS draws power from two motors which generate a combined 469 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. Like other EVs, torque on the Vision EQS is available almost immediately, meaning the EQS can go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds; the top speed is, however, limited to 124 mph. With a capacity of 350 kW, the VISION EQS recharges its batteries by 80% in significantly less than 20 minutes.
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, introduced the mission behind Mercedes-Benz’s increased work in the EV field. "Pioneering spirit is part of our DNA. The founders of our company became architects of a new mobility without horses. Our task today is individual mobility without emissions".
These include but are not limited to the following objectives:
• A completely CO2-neutral fleet of new cars by 2039.
• More than 50% of new cars sold equipped with electric drivetrains by 2030.
• A CO2-neutral energy supply for almost all locations in Germany and CO2-neutral vehicle production in Europe by 2022.
• Electromobility will become the core business of Mercedes-Benz. Future vehicle architectures are being designed for electromobility from the onset and will have their own electric platform.