The brand announced that it will launch an electric vehicle in August. The company did not go into details, but the indicated date refers to Europe.
In addition to announcing a launch date, Mercedes has revealed a number of details about the EQS charging features. The big news is that it will receive a Plug & Charge system that will allow the car to communicate with charging stations via cable. This allows charging to start instantly, as the invoice will be automatically processed by Mercedes me Charge. This simplifies recharging as the driver simply needs to plug the car into the charger and unplug it when done.
Unfortunately, at launch, the Plug & Charge feature will be limited to Ionity fast charging stations. This may change in the future and Mercedes noted that Plug & Charge compatibility will be displayed in the EQS navigation system as well as in the Mercedes me app.
When it comes to charging stations, Mercedes me Charge is billed as “one of the world’s largest charging networks” as it consists of 500,000 AC and DC charging points worldwide, of which more than 200,000 are in Europe alone. They are serviced by over 400 different companies, but can be accessed by Mercedes customers who will be able to benefit from “an integrated payment function with simple billing after they have once registered their payment method with a Mercedes partner.
EQS will support bi-directional charging in Japan. It’s a cool feature that turns the EQS into a giant battery that can power a home during a power outage or send electricity back to the grid when demand is high. Unfortunately, it looks like bi-directional charging may be Japan-exclusive.
Mercedes is keeping additional information under wraps, but the company has confirmed that the EQS will have a range of over 700km on the WLTP cycle. This model will also be followed by the EQE, as well as crossover versions of the EQE and EQS.