As far as Navigation with Electric Intelligence is concerned, the name says it all. Because it plans the fastest and most convenient route, including charging stops, based on numerous factors and reacts dynamically to traffic jams or a change in driving style, for example. In the EQS, Navigation with Electric Intelligence is smarter than ever: this is how the estimated charging costs per charging stop are calculated. Furthermore, the customer can edit the planned routes individually by adding in preferred charging stations along the route or excluding proposed charging stations.
While a conventional range calculator lives from past data, the Navigation with Electric Intelligence system looks into the future. The energy demand is computed for the calculation of the route. The topography, route, ambient temperature, speed, heating and cooling requirements are all taken into account. Further factors include the traffic situation along the planned route, as well as the available charging stations to be found there, their capacity and payment functions. Calculation takes place in the Cloud and is combined with on-board data.
The customer does not necessarily always have to take on a full charge, but will be given a specific recommendation as to the required charging time at the charging station. The charging station stops will be planned in the way that is most favourable for the overall travelling time: Under certain circumstances, two short charging stops with a higher charging power can be more advantageous than charging once for a long time. In addition, Electric Intelligence navigation automatically adjusts the vehicle's charging settings and optimises them for fast charging along the route.
A new feature of the EQS is a visualisation in MBUX of whether the available battery capacity is sufficient to return to the starting point without charging. Charging stations along the route that have been added manually are given preference in the route calculation. Proposed charging stations can be excluded. The estimated charging costs per charging stop are calculated.
If there is a risk of not reaching the destination or the charging station with the set settings, Active Range Monitoring issues the prompt to activate ECO driving functions. In addition, the driving speed for reaching the next charging station or the destination is calculated and displayed in the speedometer. Under the menu item "Range", the EQS driver can switch off various energy consumers to increase the range and activate the ECO driving functions to support a more efficient driving style.
The Mercedes me App has been extensively revised - details on Mercedes me Charge in the separate chapter.