over 1000 km, you will not have better than the Merdeces EQS

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 if we take into account the Nio capable of “recharging” its battery in five minutes.

Mercedes-Benz EQS
Mercedes-Benz EQS

During our different tests from Mercedes-Benz EQSwe have emphasized its excellent autonomy, thanks in particular to a large battery, but also a fairly contained consumption, made possible by the aerodynamics of this luxurious electric car. This one has just carried out the famous test of the 1000 km of the Norwegian YouTuber Bjørn Nyland.

As a reminder, this challenge consists of driving an electric car on a 1,000 km motorway journey to test its capabilities over long distances. The car is of course recharged during this journey, which then makes it possible to form an opinion on autonomybut also the fast charging of the different models.

Record for an electric car (which recharges)

With a travel time of 9 h 5, the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ places the cursor very high on this challenge. It is indeed “only” five minutes longer than the Child ES8 with its battery exchange system. Unlike the Chinese car (sold in Norway), the German manufacturer’s car does not have this functionality and must therefore stop at the fast charging stations, four in total over the 1,000 km.

Nio Power Swap station
Nio Power Swap station

In August 2022, the YouTuber had tried the Nio ES8 which had broken all records thanks to its ability to top up with electrons in five minutes via the two battery exchange stations (swap station) installed in Norway. The Nio ES8 then took 9 hours to cover the 1,000 km against 11:25 am during another attempt which had set aside the exchange stations and which had required recharging at fast terminals.

Mercedes demonstrates that consumption is important

With a maximum charging speed of 200 kW, it only takes 30 minutes for the EQS to go from 10 to 80% autonomy. This is not an example of speed since the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Let’s EV6 et Porsche Taycan require only 18 minutes on the same exercise. But the EQS stands out with its very high autonomy: the latter is given for 725 km on mixed cycle WLTP.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS does a little better than the Tesla Model 3because the Performance version had completed the 1,000 km in 9:15 despite a roughly similar fast charge, but a lower theoretical autonomy, of 547 km.

The Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo took 9h40 on the same trip with its theoretical autonomy of 532 km, which shows that the ultra-fast charge of the latter does not make it possible to catch up with its higher consumption.

Mercedes ahead or behind Nio?

Above all, it shows once again that the WLTP mixed consumption does not fully take into account the consumption on the motorway as we saw in our comparison of the fastest electric cars on long journeys. Finally, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is therefore the fastest electric car on long motorway journeys, if we put aside Nio’s ES8 with its battery exchange.

Indeed, in Europe, only two battery exchange stations are currently established, in Norway. The Chinese manufacturer, however, plans to install moretwenty in total in Europe by the end of the year, thanks to its future Hungarian factory.

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