Mercedes EQS Claims leading BEV Aerodynamics

As powertrains as product differentiators fade into the electrified distance, carmakers are stretching their appeal into in-cabin user experience as the chief motivator for consumers.

Mercedes-Benz, for example, makes great play over its Mercedes-EQS’s AI abilities to constantly improve the user’s on-board experiences with a comprehensive list of visual, sensory, auditory and haptic perceptions that the interior of the car will claim. However, there is one technical achievement we can mention and that’s with the EQ’s aerodynamics which the automaker claims

That with a Cd value starting from 0.20 it sets a new aerodynamic benchmark for production vehicles.

It is also part of the automaker’s “Ambition 2039” initiative working on offering a carbon-neutral fleet of new vehicles less than 20 years from now. By as early as 2030, the company intends to sell more than half of its cars with electric powertrain (xEV) including all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The EQS is produced together with the S-Class and the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class on a completely carbon-neutral basis in “Factory 56” at the Sindelfingen plant, Mercedes-Benz’s most modern automotive production facility. This plant claims to be a zero-carbon factory – completely carbon-neutral and with considerably reduced energy requirement.

Local battery production is a major success factor in the strategic electric initiative. As part of the Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus Untertürkheim, the Hedelfingen plant is responsible for the production of Mercedes-EQ battery systems for the EQS.

Markus Schäfer, member of the board of management of Daimler AG and COO of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “At Mercedes, we are striving for nothing less than leadership in the field of electric mobility and digitization through an intelligent platform strategy and a software-based approach. The new EQS shows we are following our own Mercedes path by offering customers a highly efficient, electric and luxurious experience with our electric vehicles.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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