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Learn How Mercedes-EQ Charging Works With Ed Hicks Imports

When considering one of the new electric cars for sale from Mercedes-EQ at Ed Hicks Imports, you probably want to know more about range specs, battery charging times, and how to charge Mercedes-EQ vehicles. That’s why our team has put together a charging guide for Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles. We’ll review how to charge a Mercedes-EQ vehicle, charging levels, charging stations, Mercedes-EQ voltage levels, and tips for planning trips with electric vehicles. If you have any questions about the Mercedes-EQ charging experience, please do not hesitate to contact our authorized Mercedes-EQ dealership.

What Is Mercedes me Charge?

If you’re wondering how to charge your EQS from Mercedes-EQ, Mercedes me Charge is the answer. Mercedes me Charge is part of the charging system for Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles. This essential component of the Mercedes-EQ system gives you access to one of the largest charging networks in the U.S. by being compatible with multiple charging point operators. While some EV manufacturers require vehicle owners to use their proprietary charging stations, Mercedes me Charge gives Mercedes-EQ vehicle owners access to charging stations from Electrify America®, EVgo®, and ChargePoint®.

To charge your EQB, the first step is to register your EQB from Mercedes-EQ. After you’ve done so in the Mercedes me connect app, you can activate Mercedes me Charge. From here, you can enter your payment information and enjoy charging access at more than 60,000 charging stations nationwide.

Getting started with Mercedes me Charge means registering your vehicle and enjoying all the charging features, such as finding nearby ChargePoint®, Electrify America®, and EVgo® charging stations.

Finding a Mercedes-EQ Charging Station on the Go

After you take home a new EQS from Mercedes-EQ for sale, you have two convenient ways to locate the nearest compatible charging stations. You can use your vehicle’s MBUX navigation to search for chargers or use the Mercedes me connect app.

In the MBUX navigation, search for chargers by tapping the EQ icon and selecting Charging Stations. A list of nearby charging points and directions to them will appear. Select your preferred location and let your vehicle’s navigation take you there.

To use your Mercedes me connect app to find nearby chargers, you can open the app and select the navigation tab. When the map opens with your current location, select Charging Stations to see a list of nearby options. Along with seeing a list of locations, you can sort the selection by charging network preference, charging speed, or authentication method.

After you or your co-pilot makes a selection, the app will pair with your vehicle’s MBUX navigation system to provide turn-by-turn directions.

How to charge the Mercedes EQS

The Mercedes-Benz EQS uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home, or at public slow and fast AC points. Both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to carry high power during Rapid DC charging. The Mercedes-Benz EQS’s CCS charging inlet is found on the off-side rear flank, where you would expect to find a fuel filler flap.

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is able to be slow, fast and Rapid charged from public points, depending on the network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which is usually supplied with the vehicle. For Rapid charging, the vehicle uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.

The Mercedes EQS uses two charging standards for its inlets – Type 2 and CCS. The Type 2 inlet is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. The CCS inlet is used to carry high power during Rapid DC charging from a CCS connector.

Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at a workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may involve the use of Zap-Pay, an RFID card or a smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also becoming more common on newer units. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.

How long does it take to charge the Mercedes EQS

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is fitted with an 11 kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging as standard. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 11 kW, the Mercedes-Benz EQS will only be able to charge at up to 11 kW. Mercedes-Benz EQS models are capable of ultra-Rapid charging at up to 100 kW DC.

The following table shows approximate times to charge the Mercedes EQS. We recommend charging to 80% charge in order to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.

Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.

Use our Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for the Mercedes EQS. The level of battery charge, connector power rating, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.

How much does it cost to charge the Mercedes EQS

The cost to charge the Mercedes EQS is primarily driven by the cost of the electricity, which itself varies by the type of charge point and the efficiency of the motor.

Zapmap monitors the cost of charging on a monthly basis. Our charging Price Index shows the weighted average PAYG pricing, based on real charging sessions for the previous three months.

The table below shows these split by power rating.

In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public Rapid charging tends to be around double the cost.

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, our Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

Charging the Mercedes EQS at home

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, our Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required. Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants are available to help accelerate the provision of EV charge points in flats and rented accommodation, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.

Most home chargers are either rated at 3 kW or 7 kW. The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, but halve the time required to fully charge an EV. Many plug-in car manufacturers have deals or partnerships with charge point suppliers, and in some cases provide a free home charge point as part of a new car purchase. We recommend shopping about beforehand as there are a number of suitable products on the market.

Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 a Hassle Without Level 2 Home Chargers?

One MotorBiscuit editor recently had a 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 press vehicle but didn’t have access to a Level 2 home charger. And while it wasn’t that difficult to run the EV using just public chargers, a Level 2 charger at home makes ownership noticeably easier.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 charging highlights:

  • One of our editors recently spent some time with the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450
  • As this editor didn’t have a Level 2 home charger, they relied on public charging stations to top off the EV
  • While they aren’t absolutely necessary, Level 2 home chargers make EQS ownership easier

The electric wave is flowing full speed through Mercedes-Benz, and the first EV to hit the shore, er, the road is the 2022 EQS. And while it cedes the range crown to the Lucid Air, the EQS’ battery should assuage most owners’ range anxieties. However, no EV works without reliable charging access, whether it’s public fast chargers or Level 2 home chargers. But if you don’t have one of the latter, does owning an EV like the EQS become a major headache?

Why would you want a Level 2 home charger if you own a 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450?

Regardless of their brand origins, all EV chargers fall into one of three categories or ‘levels.’ Level 1 chargers are basically sophisticated standard 120V house outlets, while Level 2 chargers run on 240V sources. As for Level 3 chargers, they can run on 480V AC sources, but in the US, they’re usually plugged into DC sources. Hence why they’re often called DC fast chargers.

While you’ll only find Level 3 chargers at public charging stations, you can install Level 2 chargers at home. Or rather, a professional electrician can install them, because they require 240V outlets. That makes them more expensive overall than Level 1 chargers. However, the higher-voltage outlet—which also provides more current—is what lets them charge your EV faster. And the charging speed differences are significant.

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Because of their (relatively) low-voltage source, and because they often share a circuit with household appliances, Level 1 chargers are slow, explains. Maxing out at two kW of power, these ‘trickle chargers’ often take over a day to recharge a drained EV. Meanwhile, depending on the outlet plug, a Level 2 home charger can often recharge your EV overnight.

And as one of our editors Jordan Almond found out, that makes a noticeable difference when you’re driving a 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450.

How long does it take to recharge a 2022 Mercedes EQS 450?

The base 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS trim, the EQS 450 (‘450 Plus’) only has one motor. But it has the same onboard charger and battery as the EQS 580 4Matic and Mercedes-AMG EQS. So, it has the same recharge speeds.

Although Mercedes-Benz has official Level 2 and Level 3 recharge times for the EQS 450, it doesn’t list a Level 1 time. It likely assumes that EQS owners will have Level 2 home chargers installed, or get one via Mercedes’ partner, ChargePoint. And based on what Jordan experienced, there’s ample reason for that.

Not having a Level 2 home charger complicates Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 ownership

Although Jordan has access to a 240V outlet at home, Level 2 chargers aren’t simply cables or fancy laptop charging bricks. So, it’s not like Mercedes-Benz could just provide a 240V-compatible plug for her EQS loaner. As a result, when she charged the EQS at home, she had to use the provided Level 1 charger with a regular wall outlet.

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In addition to voltage and current, recharge times also depend on the power supply plug, which can be one-phase or three-phase. Based on EV Compare’s recharge time calculator and Mercedes-Benz’s charging estimates, you’d need a three-phase plug for a Level 2 home charger. But assuming you only have a three-phase version of the average 120V wall outlet, recharging the EQS 450 from 10-100% would take over 34.5 hours. And a one-phase version would take nearly 60 hours.

But that’s an ideal scenario based on a nearly empty battery. For chemistry reasons, EVs charge slower the ‘fuller’ their batteries are. Hence why, when Jordan plugged the Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 into the wall one night, she found it only gained 15 miles of range in 10 hours. And that meant she had to rely on public fast chargers and ones at the local Mercedes dealership.

However, the EQS has ways of getting around this inconvenience.

Secure, safe and sustainable chargers

Mercedes says that the chargers will be located in “key cities and urban population centers, close to major arteries, convenient retail and service destinations, including participating Mercedes-Benz dealership sites.” Depending on these locations, each charging hub will have from four to 30 DC-fast chargers with speeds of 350 kW.

The facilities will also be equipped with surveillance cameras and shelters in order to ensure a safe and secure charging environment.

Mercedes says it intends to leverage as much green energy as possible at its charging networks with the help of its partner, MN8 Energy. The automaker plans to equip some of its charging hubs with photovoltaic systems to provide electricity for lighting and video surveillance.

MN8 will provide “comprehensive, end-to-end project development, energy management, and exceptional maintenance and operations support to the Mercedes-Benz branded high-power charging network.”

“MN8 Energy is on a mission to provide enterprise customers, such as Mercedes-Benz, with renewable energy and related solutions on their journey to an electrified, decarbonized world,” says Jon Yoder, president and CEO of MN8 Energy, in a press note. “Supporting the development of this exceptional charging experience helps address one of the most significant barriers to EV adoption — range anxiety. With each party playing to their strengths, we are thrilled to embark on this collaboration to expand charging access.”

The charging pad is built into the stowage facility at the front of the centre console. To start charging, simply open the store unit and lay your device face up on the charging mat. The charging icon will appear on the screen when charging is initiated. Always make sure all objects, especially metal or magnetic objects, are removed from the charging pad to ensure an efficient connectivity.

The Mercedes-Benz charging solution is compatible with the universal Qi standard. All Qi-enabled smartphones including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X can be charged directly from the charger, however larger phablet size devices like the iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung S8 Plus may not fit in the tray phone holder solution.

Apple iPhone models prior to the iPhone 8 will need a wireless charging accessory like the Aircharge ‘Made for iPhone’ Wireless Charging Case to enable the device to work with Qi chargers. Aircharge is an official partner of the Mercedes-Benz USA and offer a customised version of the Aircharge iPhone case with Mercedes-Benz branding which can be purchased through Mercedes-Benz’s online retail channels and stores.

Specifications may vary by location. Please contact your local dealer for further information and availability.

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