Mercedes-Benz goes on EV frenzy with six new EQ models, EQS to launch in 2021

Mercedes-Benz is charging full speed ahead with its EQ fully-electric sub-brand, as the model line-up now balloons up to eight models with the addition of the EQE, EQS SUV, and EQE SUV.

The three new models, announced during an investor and analyst conference, will be built upon the brand’s custom-developed fully-modular Electric Vehicle Architecture (EVA). Scalable in almost every aspect, including the wheelbase, track, as well as batteries, Mercedes says that the platform allows it to build a variety of electric cars from saloons to large SUVs.

The EVA platform will make its debut in 2021 on the upcoming EQS, which Mercedes refers to as the S-Class of the electric line-up. It is currently undergoing final development tests, with more than two million test kilometres already completed.

Exact performance figures are still undisclosed to the public, but Mercedes-Benz says that the EQS will have a range of up to 700 km on the WLTP cycle, a figure we can also expect to see on the three new models as they’re based on the same platform.

On the compact side of the model line-up, there’s also the EQA and EQB, both based off their respective internal-combustion GLx cousins. The EQA is slated to begin production later this year, while the EQB will follows slightly later in 2021.

But that’s not all. The German luxury car maker also confirmed that the G-Class, as well as AMG and Maybach models will all “go electric” starting 2021, and it is also developing a new dedicated electric car platform for compact and medium-sized models, dubbed the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture (MMA), to be used starting from 2025.

The company even pulled off the blinds to a fully-electric Vision EQXX concept car during the conference, with claims of having the ‘longest electric range’ and ‘highest efficiency’ of any EV ever produced up till now.

Still early in its concept form, details on the EQXX are obviously scarce. However, the presentation suggested that the swoopy concept car will be capable of driving from Beijing to Shanghai in a single charge – and in case you’re searching up the distance on Google Maps, that’s more than 1,200 km.



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