Mercedes-Benz’s first electric sedan , the EQS , comes to life with the start of production in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Unveiled just a few weeks ago, the EQS electric sedan joined the S-Class range in Sindelfingen on the assembly line at Plant 56. An interesting fact to highlight to illustrate the modularity of this production line, there is also builds the V12-powered Mercedes-Maybach S600, the antithesis of what an EQS is.
The S-Class and EQS follow each other on the assembly line, but the two cars have only the letter S and the fact that they are at the top of the family’s sedan hierarchy in common. The EQS is built on a platform dedicated to electrification, while the S-Class has a more traditional approach. However, 1,500 people work in these places. Highly technological, almost all production is digitized and robotized, which makes it easy to switch from a car with a combustion engine to an electric car.
Following the false start, if not the failure of the utility EQC, for Mercedes-Benz, the EQS will be the first product of the EQ generation to achieve true international influence. For one of Mercedes-Benz’s senior representatives, Markus Schafer, this is the first step in an adventure that will lead Mercedes-Benz to carbon neutrality by 2039. He goes further: “Our brand new EQS prestige electric sedan sets new standards with its range of 770 kilometers in WLTP mode. At the same time, the EQS stands for an eco-responsible production from the development, the marketing, the purchasing process, the recharging and, even, its recycling. ”
Mercedes-Benz begins its offensive with two versions. The first, the EQS 450, is strictly rear engine, therefore rear-wheel drive, and offers 329 horsepower. The model that will certainly be favored in Canada is the EQS 580 which comes de facto with all-wheel drive and two engines. On balance, the advertised power is 516 horsepower. If there are no delays, and if no problems arise, the first 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will arrive in Canada early next year. Canadian prices are still not disclosed, but a base bill is expected to exceed $ 115,000.