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All-electric cars are starting to make their way into the auto market at a steadily rising rate. As automotive groups and other automakers start to embrace the likelihood that alternative fuel vehicles will eventually take over the industry, we see more hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles every year. Fossil fuels won’t run out today, tomorrow, and maybe not even in our lifetime, but they will run out. It’s time to find other avenues, and like several other automakers, Mercedes-Benz is joining the path with its first all-electric luxury sedan, the Mercedes-Benz-EQ.
A luxury brand name in the industry, Mercedes-Benz is definitely the type of automaker to bring alternative fuel to the luxury car segment. High class with advanced tech is the way to go, and many electric vehicles today have plenty of tech to match the power. It sounds crazy that an electric vehicle could be referred to as a high-performance vehicle, but the EQS 450+ will be able to generate 329 horsepower, and the EQS 580 4MATIC can generate as much as 516 horsepower.
”The EQS is the world's most aerodynamic production vehicle, with a drag coefficient of just 0.20. This contributes to its electric range of up to 770 kilometers according to WLTP. And with a fast-charging capacity of up to 200 kW, up to 300 kilometers of range can be added in just 15 minutes. All this, together with new battery chemistry, results in a perfect balance between performance, efficiency, range and ease of charging.” - Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG
Fantastic numbers for an ell-electric vehicle, but Kia Motors recently debuted its EV6, the automaker’s own all-electric vehicle, and the GT trim can generate 545 lb-ft, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds. We’re not pointing out the Kia EV6 to down talk the Mercedes-Benz-EQ. We just want to point out that competition for a high-performance electric vehicle is starting to build, and with competition means more competitors wanting to flex their muscle and win the gold. Kia Motors is doing it, Mercedes-Benz is doing it – soon, every automaker will be trying to out-perform the other with an electric vehicle that operates with the same attitude as an internal gas combustion vehicle. Heck, Jeep is close with the 4xe series – plug-in hybrid versions of every model in the lineup. Electric motors are known for their torque, which is of course perfect for going off-road.
Let’s go back to the Mercedes-Benz, since Kia and Jeep aren’t known as “luxury” brands, although Kia Motors will be giving the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover a run for their money with the luxury sport sedan, the Kia K8. The Mercedes-Benz-EQ and the EQS is the first model based on new architecture for upcoming luxury and executive-class electric vehicles. Every automaker has a plan, and the Mercedes-Benz Ambition 2039 initiative is all about building a carbon-neutral new car fleet, and within 20 years, by 2030 at the earliest, more than half the cars Mercedes-Benz sells will feature electric drive systems, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. The EQS, aside from its power output, has ranges up to 480 miles, give or take, with the 516HP 580 4MATIC model. The lesser power model will most likely go further.
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