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2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS achieved 422 miles (679 km) range in real world test, far exceeding other EVs and EPA-estimates

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

The Mercedes Benz EQS 450+ overdelivers.

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Our EQS 450+ test car was surprisingly light on options. Options can add weight and sometimes introduce additional types of inefficiencies, so this particular EQS was primed for our test. It was equipped with the standard 20-inch wheels with “range-optimized summer tires” (Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5, 255/45 R20) at all four corners, inflated to the factory-recommended pressure of 41 psi. Our test car weighed in at 5,500 pounds on the nose, which is exceptionally heavy for a sedan — to put that figure in context, the last S-Class we tested weighed in at 5,069 pounds.

Over the course of a lengthy 12-hour stint in the EQS 450+ at an average temperature of 67 degrees, we managed to travel a total of 422 cheek-numbing miles. That’s 72 miles more than the EPA estimate, an improvement of more than 20%. This stunning performance lands the EQS 450+ in first place on our leaderboard, and not by a whisker. The previous leaders from Tesla now trail the Benz by a whopping 77 miles.

So, what can 2022 Mercedes-Benz owners expect to pay at “the pump”? After charging the battery back to full, which took about 20 hours on our Level 2 charger, we calculated an Edmunds consumption rate of 29.5 kWh/100 miles, which is 15.7% more efficient than the EPA estimate of 35 kWh/100 miles. If we lived in Hawaii, our 422-mile trip in the EQS would have cost us $41.08, while if we lived in Washington, that same trip would cost just $12.45.

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Mercedes EQB, premium compact SUV with 7-seat option, will be available in Europe early next year

Mercedes EQB

Peter Sigal, Automotive News Europe »

The EQB – essentially a battery-powered of the combustion-engine GLB — was unveiled at the Shanghai auto show in April. It is part of Mercedes’ EQ full-electric range, which also includes a sibling model, the EQA compact crossover; the EQS luxury sedan (launched this year), the EQE large sedan and the EQC midsize sedan.

Mercedes has not released prices for the EQB. The GLB starts at about 40,000 euros ($46,000) in Germany, with the top AMG four-wheel-drive model at 57,000 euros.

The EQB comes standard with five seats, with an optional third row that is intended for smaller passengers, up to 1.65 meters, Mercedes says. The second row can also move forward by up to 140 mm to give more space for third-row passengers.

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Six automakers sign the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans and commit to end fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040

The Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans, announced at the COP26 climate summit, includes a commitment to “work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emission globally by 2040, and by no later than 2035 in leading markets”.

Ford, General Motors, Geely-owned Volvo, Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, BYD, and Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover all signed the commitment.

Major automakers notably absent include Toyota (unsurprisingly*), Volkswagen, BMW, Renault, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, and Stellantis.

Toyota Motors is the third most obstructive company in the world, actively lobbying against national climate policies. They are third behind gas and oil giants ExxonMobile and Chevron.

Chinese-owned Sweden-based Volvo has already committed to going fully electric by 2030.

Countries that did sign the declaration include » Austria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

Major auto producing countries notably absent include » China, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

Canadian provinces of British Columbia, and Quebec also committed.

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Mercedes-Benz shows off the Sustaineer, their technology demonstrator of what an urban delivery van could be

Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer

Mercedes-Benz Sustaineer

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  • Technology demonstrator with innovative solutions to enhance quality of life and road safety in cities, protect the climate, conserve resources, and improve driver health and safety
  • Fine particle filters on the front module and underbody reduce emissions by more than 50 percent
  • Energy from the solar roof enables range to be extended by several thousand kilometres per year
  • Innovative use of recycled materials demonstrates the potential of a circular economy
  • Increased thermal efficiency through heating close to the body increases comfort and extends vehicle range
  • As of the second half of 2022 Mercedes‑Benz Vans will be successively rolling out a sustainable repair concept for high-voltage batteries in all van segments

Last-mile vans that are climate neutral, produce their own green electricity and can actively improve the air quality in cities: with its technology demonstrator, the Sustaineer (SustainABILITY PIONeer), Mercedes‑Benz Vans is providing us with a tangible impression of just how sustainability in urban delivery operations may look in the future. The fully electric van based on the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter combines a variety of innovative solutions designed to improve the quality of life in cities, to conserve resources and protect the climate, and to better the health and safety of the driver and other road users. These include a fine particle filter on the front module and underbody, a solar panel on the roof, component parts made of recycled materials as well as a heating system which is close to the body. The innovations and technical solutions that the Sustaineer is fitted with have been designed with the possibility of series production in mind, so that their use in future Mercedes-Benz Vans vehicle generations is feasible.

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Mercedes expects entry-level EV customers will accept less range

Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg »

Mercedes-Benz will shift to cheaper but less powerful batteries to contain soaring prices for some metals in its range of entry-level models.

The world’s biggest luxury-car maker will use lithium-iron-phosphate batteries for its next generation of models like the EQA and EQB from 2024 and 2025, Chief Executive Officer Ola Kallenius said in an interview in Atlanta.

The chemistry avoids using pricier nickel-based batteries that deliver performance and range in models like the EQS, the electric version of its flagship S-Class. Kallenius is betting consumers will accept shorter driving ranges for cheaper models as prices for key materials rise.

“We think there will be a lot of urban-oriented customers that don’t need the E63 AMG,” Kallenius said, referring to Mercedes’ performance sedan. “For those entry-level positions, in the future, we’re looking at” lithium-iron-phosphate batteries.

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Mercedes EQB, the first mid-sized seven-seat EV, enters production

Mercedes EQB

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(Translated from German)

Production of the all-electric Mercedes EQB has started at the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemét. The EQB, which was presented in April, is manufactured there for world markets – only the China-specific version is being built by the joint venture BBAC in Beijing.

The EQB is an electric SUV with up to seven seats. At 4.68 meters in length, the angular EQB is only eight centimeters shorter than the EQC, but a full 22 centimeters longer than the EQA. Technically, the EQB is more closely related to the EQA, both are based on the compact car platform from Mercedes, while the EQC is known to be based on the GLC combustion engine model and thus uses the larger platform for rear-wheel drives.

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