Mercedes-Benz India recently launched their electric sedan EQS 580 4MATIC in the market. This electric luxury sedan has one of the longest driving range in the country. The car has started reaching dealerships and the deliveries for the same have also started. The EQS 580 4MATIC is priced at Rs 1.55 crore and has a claimed driving range of 857 kilometres. A doctor couple from Gujarat – Pooja and Ridham Seth – have taken delivery of India’s first Mercedes Benz EQS80 4MATIC in the country.
One of the main issues that most people who own an electric vehicle face is the range anxiety. With a claimed driving range of 857 km, Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 solves that problem. This is the claimed range and in real world condition, the car is expected to offer around 600 km. Even that is not a bad range specially when you consider that, this how far a regular petrol powered car also goes on a full tank of fuel. If the battery of the car is discharged, then you can simply plug it in for 15 minutes and get the battery recharged for the next 300 km.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC comes with a massive 107.8 kWh battery pack. This is the biggest batery pack ever seen on an electric car in India. The bigger battery pack translates to longer range. This makes EQS 580 a very practical electric car. Mercedes-Benz not only worked on the tech but also the design of the sedan. It gets an extremely aerodynamic design with a very low drag co-efficicent. It is the lowest in any production car in the world (cd- 0.2) and that translates to better performance in terms of driving range.
Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC is powered by two electric motors. One of them is mounted on the front axle and the other is on the rear. This makes it an AWD sedan and the electric motor generate a combined power of 523 bhp and 856 Nm of peak torque. The car can do 0-100 kmph in just 4.2 seconds. This is great considering how heavy the car is mainly because of the large battery pack and other components. The top-speed of the electric sedan is limited to 210 Kmph. Using a fast charger, the battery on the EQS can be recharged from 0 to 80 percent in just 31 minutes.
As this is the electric version of the S-Class luxury sedan, the EQS does offer decent number of features. It gets a Hyperscreen which is actually three screens on dashboard joined together using a glass panel. It gets 3D maps, HUD, massage function for front seats, Burmester 3D sound system, air filtration, MBUX tablet for rear seat occupants, nine airbags, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking and so on. The EQS 580 also has a rear wheel steering feature but, Mercedes-Benz will be offering this only to first 500 customers of the car.
Although electric cars are gaining popularity in India, they only contribute to less than 1 percent of the total car sales in the country. One of the best ways to make popularise electric cars among public is by introducing mass market and less expensive electric cars. Tata few months ago announced the launch of Tiago EV and similarly, MG will also be launching their Air EV in India soon.
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