Mercedes-Benz is set to join the ranks of car manufacturers that are working on hyper-luxurious electric vehicles. In a conversation with Autocar, Michael Kelz, the large car division leader of the company, promised an electric car that is “at the level” of the high-end S-Class sedan. Unsurprisingly, the executive is not providing a lot of details. However, he confirmed that its EQ S name (the company had already trademarked the said badging earlier) and noted that it would not share the underpinnings of the S-Class– the conventional car just cannot accommodate an all-electric design. People would expect that the EQ design language would also find its way into the said model.
Previously, the car company had promised electric versions of all of its cars by 2022. However, it is said that the EQ S could be ready as soon as 2020.
This is not exactly democratising EVs (that is up to the sibling Smart brand). However, the EQ S could still be considered important. For starters, the technology from the highest-end vehicles of Mercedes sometimes filters down to other models. Also, introducing an S-Class parallel could give electric vehicles a degree of prestige that they have not had before — this would be one of the first electric vehicles for customers that have their own chauffeurs.