The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS Saloon: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQS electric Saloon
Price: € 135,245
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 108.4 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 540 - 729 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS Saloon

Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles, to include the Mercedes eSprinter commercial EV and the Mercedes eVito electric van.

Mercedes-Benz EQ is the sub-brand used by the company for its portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The pure electric cars are branded as EQ, while the PHEVs are branded as EQ Power. The mild hybrid vehicles are branded as EQ Boost. The BEV portfolio includes:

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon is part of the Mercedes-Benz EQ electric mobility family. The EQS was shown at the International Motor Show Germany in 2019, as the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS. The EQS production model was unveiled in April 2021. Production of the electric saloon commenced in October 2021. The EQS is based on the EV platform, MEA.

The EQS saloon is available, both, as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a higher performance all-wheel (AWD) drive variant. All variants have the same EV battery size (108.4 kWh), with a WLTP quoted e-range up to 729 km for the entry-level EQS 450+ and 576 km for the top of the range AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+.

Of course, the real-world pure electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include, speed! So not surprising to note the lower e-range for the higher performance EQS 53. For the EQS 450+ expect a real-world range closer to 620 km, while for the EQS 53 4MATIC+, a range of 490 km will be more realistic. In any case, the EV range offered is impressive, practical and useful for most driving needs, to include, longer distance motorway trips.

All variants offer DC charging up to 200 kW DC as standard. The EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 31 minutes. The manufacturer also offers a 3-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. However, as most homes in Ireland are limited to single-phase power supply, taking advantage of the 11 kW charging speed will only be for those with access to 3-phase EV charging at home, workplace or a public charging station.

Using a dedicated three-phase (11 kW) EV charger like myenergi zappi, the EQS electric car can be fully charged in 10 hours. Single-phase charging will take longer (15 hours and 30 minutes). We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper.

The rear-wheel drive EQS 450+ delivers 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds (max power: 333/ torque: 568 Nm). The higher performance all-wheel drive AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ delivers 0-100 km/h in a whopping 3.8 seconds (max power: 658/ torque: 950 Nm). The top speed of the EV is 220 km/h. Of course, the electric car also benefits from instant torque.

The EQS has a high quality interior and specifications, to include: a dual-screen infotainment system as standard, with an option for a MBUX hyperscreen (17.7 inches). The luxurious EQS electric vehicle (EV) is packed with technology, to include: active distance assist DISTRONIC, rear sensors for the lane departure assistant, active steering assist, fingerprint scanner, MBUX multimedia system, widescreen cockpit, 360° camera, memory parking assist and more.

In terms of practicality, the EQS electric car offers an impressive 610 L boot space. The roofline does impact the rear-view visibility.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Large EV battery and good electric rangeTop of the range expensive (options not cheap either)
200 kW DC charging and 11 kW onboard charger as standardExterior design may not appeal to those seeking a more traditional styling
Good boot space (610 L)Sloping roofline impact rear view visibility


The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQS Saloon (credit: Mercedes-Benz)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Saloon
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (4 Options)
Mercedes EQS 450+ (from € 135,245)
Mercedes EQS 450 4MATIC (from € 139,510)
Mercedes EQS 500 4MATIC (from € 150,645)
Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ (from € 186,710)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 108.4 kWh
Charging:200 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100%: 10 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1512
Width (mm):2125
Length (mm):5216
Wheelbase (mm):3210
Turning Circle (m):11.9
Boot Space (L):610

EQS 450+
EV Battery Capacity:108.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):650 – 729 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):193 – 170
Charging:200 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100%: 10 hrs)
Top Speed:220 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.2 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Max Power (hp):333
Torque (Nm):568
Kerb Weight (kg):2,480
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

EV Battery Capacity:108.4 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):540 – 576 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):193 – 170
Charging:200 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100%: 10 hrs)
Top Speed:220 km/h
0-100 km/h:3.8 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):658
Torque (Nm):950
Kerb Weight (kg):2,655
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

Electric Vehicles (EVs): Jargons

There is no doubt, in that, for those new to electric driving, the terminology can be both daunting and confusing. We have chosen a few jargons to help you get more familiar with electric vehicles (EVs)! We also recommend reading our article ‘Electric Car Jargon Buster‘ for a more comprehensive list of terms.

Glossary: Electric Vehicles (EVs)
Alternating Current (AC): What is alternating current? Though we may not be familiar with this term, we use alternating current everyday in our homes to power our appliances! Alternating current is a type of electric current, in which the direction of the flow of ‘electrons’ switches back and forth at regular intervals or cycles. When an electric car is charged at home, the type of electric current used, is alternating current.
Direct Current (DC):What is direct current? Direct current (DC) is a type of electric current that flows in only one direction i.e. uni-directional. DC enables the constant flow of electrons from an area of high electron density to an area of low electron density. DC is quite common in our day-to-day lives. Many of the appliances we use on a regular basis that are operated by batteries, use DC. A mobile phone, a laptop, a torch light etc. In electric cars, the onboard EV battery also uses direct current to store energy.
Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle (ICEV):What is an internal combustion engine car? Put simply, conventional petrol and diesel vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). These vehicles ‘combust’ fuel with the help of an oxidizer (typically oxygen from the air). These vehicles mostly use fossil fuels, like petrol, diesel, jet fuel etc. These vehicles are characterised by high tailpipe emissions, which pollute the local air.
One-Pedal Driving:What is one-pedal driving? In one-pedal driving, the EV slows down or stops, when the pedal is released. One-pedal functionality reduce the need to use the brake pedal, for speed reduction or stopping. Of course, the brake pedal is still the best way to hold a vehicle in place at a complete stop.
Smart EV Charger:What is a smart EV charger? A smart or ‘intelligent’ electric car charger, is a type of EV charger that enables smart functionality, to include, more control by the user, and communication between the EV charging station, the operator, the utility and the national grid.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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