- Smart EQ fortwo » £17,850 (CDN$30,500 / USD$23,600)
- Smart EQ forfour » £18,285 (CDN$31,200 / USD$24,200)
- Fiat 500 » £20,495 (CDN$35,000 / USD$27,150)
- VW e-up! » £20,695 (CDN$35,300 / USD$27,400)
- Mini Electric » £26,000 (CDN$44,400 / USD$34,400)
- Mazda MX-30 » £26,045 (CDN$24,500 / USD$34,500)
- MG5 EV » £26,495 (CDN$45,200 / USD$35,100)
- Peugeot e-208 » £27,225 (CDN$46,500 / USD$36,050)
- Renault Zoe » £27,595 (CDN$47,100 / USD$36,550)
- Vauxhall Corsa-e » £27,805 (CDN$47,500 / USD$36,800)
“Our battery-electric (product) range will be growing very soon,” Philipp Schiemer, the CEO of the AMG brand, said during a media drive of the AMG EQS. And, in subsequent conversations with TheDetroitBureau.com, he gave a clearer picture of what’s coming, including a high-performance sports car riding on a unique-to-AMG skateboard-style platform.
The AMG EQS underscores the potential advantages battery drive can deliver to the performance sector. Electric motors can deliver ungodly amounts of tire-spinning torque, usually hitting max output the moment they start spinning. And while today’s batteries are heavy, mounting them — along with motors — below the load floor actually yields a lower center of gravity than a vehicle running on a conventional, internal combustion engine.
Dialing up regen — where a BEV’s dual-mode brakes regenerate energy normally lost while braking or coasting — also permits “One-Pedal” driving. A driver simply lifts off the throttle to aggressively slow down, almost like downshifting a manual transmission several gears. It allows for a more nuanced use of power in corners, among other things.
Saying a silent prayer, I slipped behind the steering wheel and saw more than 100 miles remained as available driving range. Thank God! (Or Daimler.) I whipped it around—the EQS is more than 17 feet long, but can do a U-turn in less space than a Toyota Camry—and forged into traffic.
The EQS has a 485-mile driving range—besting the Tesla Model S’s 412 miles and Porsche Taycan’s sub-300 miles, though a bit short of the 516 miles promised by the $139,000 Lucid Air GT. It’s so exemplary, and the car so capable, that range anxiety was limited to that one brief parking lot panic. It will charge to 80% of capacity in 31 minutes with DC fast charging, which is about the going rate.
What Mercedes is providing is a spacious, powerful, elegant, and advanced saloon that makes its passengers feel comfortable and confident—and also happens to be electric. The EQS is not perfect, but it’s good. Time spent in its confines felt like an escape from the banalities of daily life. After my grocery store run, I took the long way home.
The luxury Mercedes Benz EQS is built on an all-new EV specific platform designed from the ground up to accommodate big batteries and be highly efficient. Alex asks if the EQS is the best EV currently available.
If you’re looking for the some of the longest-legged and most usable electric cars in the world, this chart is where you’ll find them. This is where Teslas do battle with Mercedes EQs, BMW i cars, Audi E-trons, even new-groove Porsches and Polestars. If you’ve got a bigger budget to spend on an electrically powered family car to use and rely on for any kind of trip, then, with claimed ranges of up to 400 miles and beyond, these are your main contenders.