Mercedes EQS580 4MATIC has arrived in India. The first unit of the electric car has been purchased by a doctor Couple from Gujarat.
Mercedes EQS80 4MATIC recently went on sale in India. It is touted to be India’s longest-range electric car. The new model comes with a claimed range of 857 kilometers per charge. In real-world situations, the range is likely to be around 600 kilometers. This is almost similar to a range offered by a full tank of fuel (petrol and diesel) on most luxury sedans. This reduces the major anxieties related to electric cars. The first ones to test this limit will be a doctor couple from Gujarat. Pooja and Ridham Seth have received India’s first Mercedes Benz EQS80 4MATIC.
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Mercedes Benz EQS580 4MATIC Specs
The Mercedes EQS580 4MATIC is priced in India at Rs 1.55 crore, ex-showroom. It is powered by a huge 107.8kWh battery pack (Lithium Ion, 396 Volt) – bigger than any electric car sold in India. Alongside the 857 kilometers per charge, the new EV can travel up to 300 kilometers in just 15 minutes of charge time. Using a fast charger, the battery can be recharged to 80 % from 0 % in about 31 minutes. This range/ charging time is a huge step in making the new car very practical for Indian users. The electric luxury sedan is available in Automatic transmission.
In terms of power, the Mercedes Benz EQS580 4MATIC comes with two electric motors – one on each axle. It gets all-wheel drive functionality. The new car gets 523 Bhp of peak power and 856 Nm of peak torque. It comes with an impressive top speed of 210 Kph (electronically limited). The electric car can also go from 0 to 100 Kph in just 4.2 seconds. Additionally, the Mercedes Benz EQS580 4MATIC has an ultra-low grad coefficient (Cd) of 0.2 (lower than most production cars in the world). It is 5.2-meter long and has a 3.2-meter-long wheelbase. You can choose from Sodalite Blue, Graphite Grey, Obsidian Black, High-Tech Silver, and Diamond White color options.
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Are Electric Cars Gaining Acceptance in India?
The Mercedes EQS580 4MATIC is the first electric car to be locally produced by the brand. It is being assembled at the German automaker’s Chakan factory, near Pune. The Indian government is very enthusiastic about bringing EVs to Indian roads. In fact, the production of the first Mercedes Benz EQS580 from the Chakan factory was flagged off by India’s transport minister, Nitin Gadkari. The Mercedes EV will join the ever-growing list of electric cars in India. All of which were launched in the last year or so. The Indian government is also working to boost charging infrastructure across the country
While there is significant growth in the adoption of electric cars and electric two-wheelers in India, the market share is still quite low. So far, the total volume of electric cars sold doesn’t even makeup 1 % of total car sales. Electric cars won’t be replacing the petrol/ diesel/ CNG/ LPG powered cars in India. However, now it seems quite possible for electric cars to show up across segments. Little planning could push them as city cars and for highway use. For example, the Indian highways are currently not optimal for electric cars. Additionally, affordable electric cars might be key to increased sales. Recently, Tata Tiago Electric (priced at Rs 8.49 lakh) received over 10,000 orders during the first day of bookings.