- Mercedes-Benz’s new electric car drove 422 miles on a full charge, according to Edmunds.
- The EQS 450+ ruined its EPA-estimated range by 72 miles.
- The best Tesla, Model S sedan, can drive 405 miles on a single charge, according to the EPA.
Mercedes-Benz wants to welcome Tesla by launching a range of smart electric SUVs and sedans. Early tests of its new flagship electric car, EQS, show that it may have what it takes to stand up to Elon Musk’s $ 1 trillion company.
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+, a $ 102,000 electric sibling to the famous S-Class sedan, traveled an impressive 422 miles in a real-world range test of the Edmunds. The car far exceeded its EPA-estimated range of 350 miles and drove nearly 20 miles longer than Tesla’s best model promises.
The Tesla Model S sedan, the industry leader in battery range until recently, has an EPA rating of up to 405 miles. It was dismantled by Lucid Air, the first vehicle from startup Lucid Motors. The car has a range of up to 520 miles. Now Mercedes-Benz is joining the vehicles at the top of the pile.
Edmunds’ real range test involves driving an electric vehicle in its most efficient environment around a fixed loop that includes both city and highway roads. Testers drive the vehicle until its built-in range calculator shows zero miles left. The EPA, on the other hand, estimates range without driving on actual roads.
The Mercedes EQS 450+ is now the longest-range electric car Edmunds has tested, beating the previous leader, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range, by 77 miles. (Edmunds has not yet evaluated the longest range Model S or Lucid Air.)
In addition, all Tesla Edmunds tested have not reached its EPA-estimated range, while the majority of non-Tesla EVs have surpassed theirs.
See Edmunds’ current ranking for electric cars below: