Author: Manish Kharinta
from Japan Honda Motor Company recently announced that it will purchase a stake in Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), the Chinese giant in the manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles. The automaker intends to use the partnership to jointly develop battery technology, which will be used to power Honda’s upcoming electric vehicle portfolio.
German automaker Daimler AG has also teamed up with CATL, commissioning the company manufacturer to manufacture batteries for the upcoming Mercedes Benz EQS.
CATL recently leaked new information about the Electric Luxury EQS, so we decided to compare the upcoming battery-powered sedan to the Porsche Taycan and the Tesla Model S, in order to see how Mercedes will fare against the current competition. in the segment.
We expect the Mercedes Benz EQS to compete primarily with the electric Porsche Taycan, which NEDC says offers a maximum range of 303 miles. The Taycan is available in three variants: the Taycan 4S, the Taycan Turbo and the Taycan Turbo S.
The cheapest Porsche Taycan is the 4S, priced at $ 105,150. The Turbo model starts at $ 152,250, while the top-of-the-line Taycan Turbo S is priced at $ 186,350. All three battery-powered versions benefit from a dual-engine configuration with all-wheel drive.
Reports suggest that the price of the Mercedes EQS will start somewhere around $ 96,000. The luxury electric sedan will feature the same 469bhp electric powertrain in the EQS concept of vision. If this is true, the Mercedes-Benz EQS will accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds.
Like Tesla’s vehicles, the entry-level Taycan 4S comes in two power configurations. The maximum power output of the 4S is rated at 522 horsepower, while 4S models equipped with a larger battery produce 563 horsepower.
Moving on to the next model, the output power of the 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo is rated at 670 hp, while the top-of-the-range Turbo S model gets a peak power of 750 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.4 seconds.
All this power comes with tradeoffs. According to EPA estimates, Porsche’s Taycan Turbo only offers a range of 201 miles, while the more powerful Turbo S has an estimated range of 192 miles.
In a recent press release, CATL confirmed that the Mercedes-Benz EQS will be capable of delivering a WLTP range of 435 miles (700 km), which Mercedes Benz initially promised.
CATL also announced that it has successfully developed new battery technology that allows a battery cell to operate for 16 years or 12.5 million miles (20 million kilometers) without too much degradation. Long-lasting batteries will only cost about 10% more than its current battery cells, the company said.
For the moment, It is not yet known if this new super battery will make its way into the Mercedes Benz EQS, but CATL has confirmed that the next electric sedan will feature its Cell-To-Pack (CTP) battery technology.
CATL developed CTP technology as a way to install each battery cell in a pack without separating groups of cells into individual modules. CATL’s new long-lasting EV battery will also feature CTP technology. Since PTC batteries require less wiring and electronics, as well as a simplified cooling system, they are also much lighter than regular cell modules.
The Mercedes-Benz EQS battery packs will be manufactured at CATL’s new € 4 billion plant in Thuringia, Germany. Construction of the plant began last year. The battery plant will have a production capacity of 14 GWh when fully operational.
The Tesla Model S
The only electric vehicle that comes close to the Mercedes Benz EQS lineup is the Tesla Model S sedan, which became the very first EV to offer over 400 miles of all-electric range.
With the Long Range Model S starting at $ 69,490 (after factoring in potential savings) and the fact that Tesla is the world’s most valuable automaker, customers will certainly be wondering how much Mercedes-Benz EQS is worth. has to offer with its exorbitant price tag.
However, the Model S is unlikely to come close to the level of luxury and opulence of the Mercedes Benz EQS.
When it comes to performance, the Tesla Model S Long Range accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, while the Model S Performance takes just 2.3 seconds to complete the same run. Performance is priced at $ 89,490, which is still less than the EQS.
Tesla has also confirmed that a more powerful “Plaid” version of the Model S is in the works. Last year, the company has confirmed that the Model X SUV and the Model S will get new “Plaid” variants that will include larger batteries.