Mercedes-Benz Takes Electric Driving Farther With 1 Simple Feature

Dual motor versions of any electric vehicle have one problem in common. Adding the second motor offers the EV more power and AWD, but the driving range suffers. The only way to add more driving range and a second motor is with a larger battery pack, or is it? Mercedes-Benz has a unique answer to this challenge in its electric SUVs and cars.

What does Mercedes-Benz change in its electric vehicles to add more driving range?

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ rear badging with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ | MBUSA

Future versions of the Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan, EQS SUV, and EQE sedan will include a Disconnect Unit (DCU). This item is already being used in European versions of the EQE SUV. The DCU decouples the front motor when specific conditions are met, which reduces drag losses and improves the overall driving range.

This system will idle the front motor and gearbox on dual-motor models. When conditions require, the front motor and gearbox will turn on automatically, without driver intervention. Although this won’t allow these dual-motor EVs to achieve the same driving range as a single-motor model, it will improve the driving range over comparable dual-motor EVs not equipped with a DCU.

Do these Mercedes all-electric vehicles have any other trick up their sleeves?

A white 2023 Mercedes-EQ EQE luxury electric car blasts down a back road along lakes.
EQE | Mercedes-Benz

Another feature that will become standard for the EQE, EQS, and EQS SUV is a heat pump. Mercedes-Benz gives this item the name Intelligent Thermal Management (ITM). This feature is already part of the EQS SUV, and it aids electric vehicles in achieving increased driving range during colder temperatures, which can be a serious challenge for some drivers.

The EQS 580 4Matic sedan will receive more horsepower in future models to match the EQS 580 4Matic SUV. This means both vehicles will achieve 536 horsepower, according to InsideEVs.

How many miles can the Mercedes EQE go?

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE All-Electric Luxury Sedan parked in front of a rocky hillside
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE All-Electric Luxury Sedan | Mercedes-Benz

This new Mercedes-Benz electric car can travel up to 305 miles on a single charge. This EV uses a 90 kWh battery pack that recharges in just over 8 hours using an at-home 240-volt Level 2 charger. A fast-charging station should allow the Mercedes-Benz EQE to add 155 miles in only 15 minutes.

How much is a Mercedes EQE?

The new 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ sedan starts at $74,900. Move to the two-motor version of this midsize electric luxury sedan, and you’ll pay $85,900. A performance-oriented AMG version is on the way, which is expected to send the price over $100,000.

How many miles can the Mercedes EQS go?

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS All-Electric Luxury SUV driving around a curve
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS All-Electric Luxury SUV | Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ sedan has a driving range of 350 miles on a full charge. The more powerful EQS 580 can travel up to 340 miles between charges. If you choose the EQS SUV, the 450+ models offer a driving range of 305 miles, while the more powerful 580 versions can travel up to 285 miles between charges.

How much is a Mercedes EQS SUV?

This 2023 Mercedes electric SUV starts at $104,400 for the EQS 450. Add the 4Matic AWD to the mix, and the price increases to $107,400. The base version of the more powerful EQS 580 starts at $125,950, while the Pinnacle model requires consumers to spend $132,200 for this high-end luxury electric SUV.

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