The Mercedes-Benz EQS is an electric car with a very long range. It has just passed a 1,000 km test and is in first place, or rather second place if we consider the Nio capable of “recharging” its battery in five minutes.
During our various tests of the Mercedes-Benz EQS, we underlined its excellent autonomy, thanks in particular to a large battery, but also a rather contained consumption, made possible by the aerodynamics of this luxurious electric car. The EQS has just completed the famous 1,000 km test by Norwegian YouTubers, Bjørn Nyland.
As a reminder, this challenge consists in driving an electric car on a 1,000 km highway to test its long-distance capabilities. The car is, of course, recharged during this journey, allowing us to form an opinion on the autonomy and the rapid recharging of the different models.
RECORD FOR AN ELECTRIC CAR (THAT CHARGES)
With a journey time of 9.5 hours, the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ sets the bar very high for this challenge. That’s “only” five minutes longer than the Nio ES8’s battery exchange system. Unlike the Chinese car (sold in Norway), the German manufacturer’s car does not have this feature and therefore has to stop at the fast charging stations, four in total, over 1,000 km.
In August 2022, the YouTuber tried the Nio ES8, which had beaten all records thanks to its capacity to fill up with electrons in five minutes via the two battery exchange stations (swap stations) installed in Norway. The Nio ES8 took 9 hours to cover 1,000 km, compared to 11:25 hours in another attempt that did not use the swap stations and required recharging at fast charging stations.
MERCEDES SHOWS THAT CONSUMPTION IS IMPORTANT
With a charging velocity of two hundred kW, it takes the EQS simplest half-hour to head from the 10 to eighty percent range. It’s no longer an instance of velocity because the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, and Porsche Taycan declare the simplest 18 mins at the identical exercise. But the EQS stands proud with its excessive range: its miles are given for 725 km at the WLTP blended cycle.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS does a little better than the Tesla Model 3 because the Performance variant completed the 1,000 km in 9:15 despite a similar fast charge but a lower theoretical range of 547 km.
The Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo took 9h40 on the same journey with its theoretical range of 532 km, which shows that the ultra-fast charge of the latter does not make up for its higher consumption.
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IS MERCEDES AHEAD OR BEHIND NIO?
Above all, this shows again that the WLTP combined consumption does not fully consider the consumption on freeways, as we saw in our comparison of the fastest electric cars on long journeys. In the end, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is the fastest electric car for long motorway journeys if we put aside the ES8 from Nio with its battery swap.
In Europe, there are only two battery exchange stations in Norway. However, the Chinese manufacturer plans to install more, about 20 in total, in Europe by the end of the year, thanks to its future Hungarian factory.