2022 EQS 580 4Matic: Mercedes’ response to the Tesla Model S
THE OBERALP ROUTE is a two-lane road that winds over and sometimes through the Swiss Alps, through exciting tunnels of several kilometers. It is renowned for being one of the most beautiful roads in Europe, and every sunny summer day it can turn into a line of harley conga and rental trailers. But on this occasion, a cool and humid Thursday morning, July 15, I had the Alps almost to myself. Just me and the mighty 2022 EQS 580 4Matic sedan, an all-electric S-Class from Daimler’s Mercedes-EQ sub-brand. In the EQS, you never ride alone.
With up to 350 sensors and cameras observing, listening, recording every foot of the road, every blink of an eye and every utterance, the EQS is a learning machine, Mercedes says, using AI-type algorithms to analyze and anticipate. the needs, routines and comfort of drivers. Consider the automatic massage feature, which senses and, uh, manipulates the seat occupant’s seat hot spots, using air bladders. I never know if I should tip.
The biggest flex of the EQS is the outrageous MBUX Hyperscreen dashboard display – 56 inches wide, as the car has its own drive-in – backed by eight processor cores and 24 GB of RAM. My borrowed 580 4Matic was also equipped with the Burmester 710 watt audio system and 15 speakers, the effects of which are contained in 5,888 German books. schhhhteel, upholstered leather cover and soundproof glass. It’s like DJing at a rave in Juliet’s grave.
The first of four models that will share an all-new electric architecture, including an SUV, the EQS is an essential product for Daimler AG, if manufactured under duress. After dieselgate (2015), German automakers argued that they needed more time to transition to electrification. Daimler’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality in its fleet is hopefully called “Ambition 2039”.
As if. On Wednesday July 14, the European Commission in Brussels announced a proposal to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars by 55% by 2030, with a 100% reduction by 2035 among member states. And that was before the sun rose on Thursday, revealing destruction across Europe caused by unprecedented rains and floods, a tragedy largely attributed to climate change. On Friday, with dozens of dead, injured or missing, even the revised EC proposals appeared to lack urgency.