Nico Rosberg has been a strong advocate for electrification since he departed from Formula 1. He's just bought a Rimac Nevera and he started an exclusively electric-powered racing team, among other things. And now, Mercedes EQ has invited him to drive their newest creation: the EQS. The location of the test drive is quite fitting if you think of it. He's in Monaco, one of the most supercar-rich cities in the world.
As he's introducing the car, he's excited about the innovations that Mercedes EQ has brought forth. Because the new EQS is the world's most aerodynamic production car, with a drag coefficient of just 0.20. By comparison, the Porsche Taycan Turbo sits at 0.22, while a Tesla Model S is not far behind with 0.208. And with that in mind, it's easier for the EQS to move along, as it uses less energy to do so.
We even get to see the rear-wheel steering system on the car, as it does a U-turn on a tight section of the road. Nico also praises it for how quiet the cabin is, even when driving at higher speeds. And that's one of the nicest things about electric cars. The whole driving experience is less tiresome, with less noise and vibrations.
The bird's eye view camera is more advanced than anything I've ever seen before. And it looks like the navigation system is also very well built, with charging points integrated along the routes. Nico being Nico, he couldn't have driven the car without seeing what it can do. And so, we get a small sample of its acceleration potential. Nico takes it from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in just over 4 seconds.
Considering that there's a more powerful version coming up, it will be interesting to see how that stacks up against the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. And that's why competition is so great. Because with every new electric vehicle launch, each manufacturer will strive to outperform its rivals. Hopefully, these cars will also become more affordable, and with any luck, in 20 or so years from now, you'll be able to breathe fresh air in most downtown areas of major cities around the globe.