The Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ is rated for 350 miles (563 kilometers) but it achieved 422 miles (679 kilometers)
This beats the Tesla Model 3 LR and the Model S Plaid by 77 miles (124 kilometers)
The EQS 450+ will not be sold in Canada, the EQS 580 4Matic will have less range due to its second motor
Often times, electric vehicles return a different range figure than their official EPA rating when they are driven in real life conditions.
Sometimes, this is negative but it can also be positive. Indeed, the new Mercedes-Benz EQS electric sedan drove 422 miles (679 kilometers) on a single charge, even if its official rating is 350 miles (563 kilometers).
The test vehicle was a base model EQS 450+ with very few options and the average temperature during the drive was 67˚F (19˚C), both favorable factors that optimised the range.
Since every other electric vehicle on sale has been subjected to the same driving loop in similar conditions, the comparison between models is fair.
Nevertheless, the EQS 450+ manage to beat the Tesla Model 3 Long Range and the Model S Plaid, both of which were Edmunds’ previous leaders, by 77 miles (124 kilometers).
Another interesting detail is that German automakers tend to be rated very conservatively by the EPA, while others, notably Tesla, are rate fairly loosely. Thus, the Mercedes-Benz EQS was able to beat its EPA rating by more than 70 miles (113 kilometers), while every Tesla tested by Edmunds ended up short of its official score, usually by about 10 miles (16 kilometers).
This is very good news for Mercedes, since the EQS is the company’s first EV sold in North America and it its targeted at buyers who have high expectations for their vehicle.
The EQS 450+ is the rear-wheel drive model of the EQS, which will not be sold in Canada, where only the EQS 580 4Matic will be available. This version’s range will be lower than the EQS450+, but a better than predicted real world range should also be expected.