Since 2020, it has been reported that Tesla has the fastest-selling electric car with over 645,000 units of the Model 3 sold. Fast forward to 2021, a new competitor might be giving them a run for their money.
Mercedes-Benz conducted early tests for its new flagship electric car, the EQS, showing it might have what it takes to lock horns with Elon Musk’s American based company.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ travelled an impressive 422 miles in a real-world range test by Edmunds. With an EPA-estimated range of 350 miles, it drove nearly 20 miles more than the Tesla Model S (EPA rating of up to 405 miles). Talk about exceeding expectations!
Here’s an image computed by Edmunds on the EVs tested VS their EPA estimate:
Now you must be wondering how Edmunds conduct their testing. Basically, an electric vehicle with a full battery charge is driven around a fixed route that includes both city and highway roads. The vehicle is then driven until its built-in range calculator indicates zero miles remaining. The EPA, on the other hand, estimates the vehicle’s range without being driven on roads.
What is EPA estimated range?
It is the approximate number of miles that a vehicle can travel in combined city and highway driving (using a mix of 55% highway and 45% city driving) before needing to be recharged.
What is EPA estimated consumption?
Similar to miles per gallon (mpg) for fuel-burning vehicles, this metric represents electric vehicles’ energy consumption in kilowatt-hours per hundred miles (kWh/100 miles).
The Mercedes EQS 450+ is now the longest-range EV Edmunds has tested, beating the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, by 77 miles. The EQS is slated to arrive in 2022 and I reckon many will now consider this over a Tesla. The main question is, what do you think?