Mercedes Benz is preparing to take the wraps off their next electric vehicle (EV), the EQS. When they do it could top the Tesla Model S and take the title of the longest range EV when it hits the market later this year.
The Mercedes Benz EQS will be unveiled at an event on April 15, 2021 and will be the first electric model of the high-end S-Class family of sedans. It will come equipped with a large 108kWh battery pack which the automaker is anticipating will provide a range of up to 700km (435 miles).
That would top the Long Range (LR) Tesla Model S which has an official EPA rating of 663km (412 miles).
It was reported earlier this week that Mercedes Benz has begun production of the 108kWh battery pack in Stuttgart, Germany. The automaker has yet to give an official launch date for the EQS, but based on a leaked image is expected to launch in August 2021.
Depending on when it launches, it may not hold the title of longest range EV for very long, if at all. Lucid is also expecting to launch their Air EV in the second half of 2021 with a range of more than 804km (500 miles).
The EQS is part of Mercedes Benz push to electrification. The company announced plans earlier this year to launch six new EVs by 2022.