Mercedes EQS 580: Why this ‘Made-in-India’ EV is a perfect highway marauder

  • The EQS 580 from Mercedes-Benz India is being assembled at the company plant in Pune.
Mercedes EQS 580 has been officially launched in India at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.55 crore (ex-showroom) which makes it slightly more affordable than even the S-Cass.
The EQS 580 is the more sedate twin of the AMG EQS 53 that was previously launched through import route at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.45 crore. But sedate is only in comparative terms because this EV has over 500 hp and offers 800 Nm of torque.
Powered by a 107.8 kWh battery pack, the EQS 580 has a dual motor set up. While it takes just a little over four seconds to hit 100 kmph from standstill, it is also the longest-range EV in India at present with an ARAI-certified figure of over 850 kms.
The exterior styling of the EQS 580 is rather understated, complete with its closed front grille, connecting LED strip light and LED headlights. The EV stands on 20-inch wheels and is the most aerodynamic production vehicle from Mercedes.
The flush door handles and frameless doors lend the EQS a touch of class.
A look at the cabin and dashboard layout of the Mercedes EQS 580. The cabin boasts of a mammoth 56-inch MBUX hyperscreen as well as a 15-speaker Burmester sound system.
The feature list also includes adaptive ambient lighting, sunroof, ventilated seats and massage functionality on the front two seats.
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Mercedes EQS 580 offers dollops of power and torque but is meant more for the marathon run than the quick dash to the finish line.
Mercedes EQS 580 has been officially launched in India at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.55 crore (ex-showroom) which makes it slightly more affordable than even the S-Cass.
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Mercedes EQS 580 has been officially launched in India at 1.55 crore (ex-showroom) which makes it slightly more affordable than even the S-Cass.
The EQS 580 is the more sedate twin of the AMG EQS 53 that was previously launched through import route at <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2.45 crore. But sedate is only in comparative terms because this EV has over 500 hp and offers 800 Nm of torque.
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The EQS 580 is the more sedate twin of the AMG EQS 53 that was previously launched through import route at 2.45 crore. But sedate is only in comparative terms because this EV has over 500 hp and offers 800 Nm of torque.
Powered by a 107.8 kWh battery pack, the EQS 580 has a dual motor set up. While it takes just a little over four seconds to hit 100 kmph from standstill, it is also the longest-range EV in India at present with an ARAI-certified figure of over 850 kms.
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Powered by a 107.8 kWh battery pack, the EQS 580 has a dual motor set up. While it takes just a little over four seconds to hit 100 kmph from standstill, it is also the longest-range EV in India at present with an ARAI-certified figure of over 850 kms.
The exterior styling of the EQS 580 is rather understated, complete with its closed front grille, connecting LED strip light and LED headlights. The EV stands on 20-inch wheels and is the most aerodynamic production vehicle from Mercedes.
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The exterior styling of the EQS 580 is rather understated, complete with its closed front grille, connecting LED strip light and LED headlights. The EV stands on 20-inch wheels and is the most aerodynamic production vehicle from Mercedes.
The flush door handles and frameless doors lend the EQS a touch of class.
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The flush door handles and frameless doors lend the EQS a touch of class.
A look at the cabin and dashboard layout of the Mercedes EQS 580. The cabin boasts of a mammoth 56-inch MBUX hyperscreen as well as a 15-speaker Burmester sound system.
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A look at the cabin and dashboard layout of the Mercedes EQS 580. The cabin boasts of a mammoth 56-inch MBUX hyperscreen as well as a 15-speaker Burmester sound system.
The feature list also includes adaptive ambient lighting, sunroof, ventilated seats and massage functionality on the front two seats.
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The feature list also includes adaptive ambient lighting, sunroof, ventilated seats and massage functionality on the front two seats.

Mercedes-Benz India launched the country's first locally-assembled luxury electric car in the form of EQS 580 just last month. Underlining its credentials as India's longest-range electric vehicle (EV), the EQS 580 is promising to blow range anxieties to smithereens with an ARAI-certified range of 857 kms. For critics of EVs who highlight that such vehicles aren't meant for highways, the Mercedes-Benz EQS may come as a perfect retort.

Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 - Technical details 
  
Max output526 hp
Max Torque855 Nm
Drive System LayoutAll-Wheel Drive
Acceleration (0 to 100 kmph)4.3 seconds
Top Speed210 kmph
Range (ARAI certified)857 kms
Cd value0.20

While an ARAI-certified range of over 850 kms is mighty impressive, the real world figure is likely to be lesser and depends on a wide variety of factors. But even if one takes the most conservative range figure of somewhere between 650 kms and 700 kms, it still means that this luxury EV could be completely at ease on long trips.

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Why range of an EV is crucial for highway journeys?

Indian highways are littered with petrol pumps galore and it is mostly easy enough to find one when a conventional car is running low on fuel. But it is hardly a drive in the park for EVs which typically have an ideal range of around 350 kms to 400 kms. The fear of being stranded without a charging point in sight often keeps owners of EVs from driving out on open roads.

While the country's charging infrastructure is improving, it is largely concentrated on cities and major towns. The Delhi-Jaipur electric highway is set to open at some point next year but more such highways will take time. Clearly then, an EV with a range like that of the Mercedes EQS 580 means most long trips would be free from stress as it would not require a charge for at least 650 kms. This is as good as an S-Class with a fuel tank of 65 litres and an average mileage of around 10 kmpl. It is true that while the S-Class would be good to go after a 650-km-run post a refill and the EQS may need a charge, chances are most highway trips don't see owners driving for more than 600-odd kms at a stretch. It is also not recommended anyway owing to driver fatigue and possible attention deficit.

What highway journeys can you plan with the Mercedes EQS 580?

Mercedes claims that the EQS 580 is a capable EV on Indian highways and can last most distances before needing to be plugged in. The Germans claim as per the ARAI-certified range, the EQS 580 can go back and forth between Mumbai and Pune, Delhi and Jaipur, Chennai and Puducherry, Kolkata and Durgapur, Coimbatore and Madurai, and Cochin and Trivandrum.

The Mercedes EQS 580 can also do journeys like Mumbai to Goa, Bengaluru to Hyderabad and Mumbai to Ahmedabad before needing to be plugged in for a charge. All of these route options are indicative and as suggested by Mercedes.

What is the price of Mercedes EQS 580?

As a flagship electric sedan from Mercedes, the EQS 580 does command a significant price at 1.55 crore (ex-showroom). But considering this is slightly less than the S-Class and the facts that it requires servicing only once in two years and there is significantly less running cost compared to petrol models, the EQS 580 may make a lot of sense for those who can afford it.

First Published Date: 10 Oct 2022, 10:20 AM IST
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