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Mercedes EQS Intelligent Recuperation Setting Explained in Simple Terms

Recently I reviewed the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS450+ electric sedan. There is a very useful setting in it, called intelligent recuperation. Since questions are asked about the setting, I would like to talk about it in this article.

Rich Remington explains in Mercedes-Benz EQS/ EQS SUV Facebook group that the idea of EQS's Intelligent Recuperation Setting is that the car uses GPS, traffic, etc... to determine the most efficient level of recuperation at any point in time. It could be full coast with no recuperation to heavy recuperate depending on conditions. It can take a while to get used to because of how aggressively or not it recuperates when you let off the accelerator.

EQS's Intelligent Recuperation does a good job of braking when vehicle in front slows down. Some EQS owners report using this setting intermittently.

But, some EQS owners may not like it because they, instead, prefer the normal strong recuperation. They say Intelligent Recuperation does not instill any confidence while driving.

If you also think so, you may want to use strong and activate “creep” mode. This gives you the safe and effective strong recuperation (one pedal driving) with the ability to ease near lights, corners, parking etc...

"We played with this a lot when we went to the training session in Alabama. The intelligent recuperation setting makes all the decisions for you, and will adapt the recuperation based on your driving, the roads, the weather, the temperature, and 112 other points of data. You must give it some time to learn you, it is fantastic once you and your EQS bond a little," writes Barry At Mercedes-Benz Edh in the group.

"I found it to be very good, but had to turn "creep" mode off," writes another owner, named Kevin A Barnfather.

Let us know if you have tried it or whether you use the normal vs intelligent recuperation in the comments section below. Also see Torque News comprehensive review of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ sedan here.

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David Jarvis (not verified)    February 20, 2023 - 4:21PM

I have had an EQS580 for 8 months. Great car. It gets 340+miles under most driving conditions. But as you say it says it has a range in the 400+ area. This might be possible but using this range on the mileage calculation is a MAJOR problem. It’s usually 20% to 25% higher than the actual range.

When you plan a trip this range error distorts your distance to charging stations. Range should be a simple mathematical calculation based on recent driving.

I like the Intelligent Recuperation. It does help the mileage but given the inexpensive cost of electricity it’s not much of a cost saving. My guess 5% more mileage. Typically I get 3.2 to 3.5 miles per kwhr in Florida (so AC not heating).

I usually drive in Comfort dynamic. Occasionally Sport. Seldom Eco. My Individual setting is Sport for power and Comfort for the other settings.

I am having an issue getting more than a 32 amp charge on my home charger which should be able to deliver 50 amps. Not certain if it’s my charger or a vehicle setting that I can’t find. Any complaints about that?