The Mercedes EQE Electric Sedan Launches with 660km Range

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the production version of its new EQE electric sedan at the 2021 IAA Mobility Show in Munich, Germany. With the EQE, the German luxury and commercial vehicle maker has moved towards full electrification with some new concepts and designs, but there has been no major change to the core design language. Mercedes said the EQE features a sporty “purpose design” and offers a “sensual purity” reflected by its reduced joints and seamless design. The EQE sits just behind the top-of-the-line EQS model, which competes directly with the Tesla Model S.

The Mercedes EQE Electric Sedan Launches With 660km Range

Under the bonnet, the EQE is powered by a combination of four electric motors – one in the front and three in the rear, with a total output of 400kW. It delivers a range of up to around 660km, thanks to a 90kWh battery. To power this massive battery, Mercedes has designed the EQC battery system to work with induction heating. The new technology, first seen in the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Executive Electric Drive, has two heating elements and is directly connected to the 8.0kWh battery. The EQC, though, has a far larger 100kWh battery, and therefore the range falls short of the EQE’s. The Mercedes EQE gets Mercedes-Benz’s new 9-speed automatic transmission as standard, which helps reduce the range anxiety associated with electric vehicles.

 

Why did Mercedes introduce a new electric sedan?

Although Mercedes has been launching more and more electric cars in its EQ range, the EQE was missing and was considered too early a model to be introduced. It is not expected to reach the showrooms until 2022 at the earliest, which meant the car maker would miss out on a highly lucrative holiday period in 2020. By launching the EQE before the end of this year, Mercedes will make more sales than expected during the current boom. How far does it go? The EQE was specifically designed to be a city car rather than a vehicle with a substantial load-carrying capacity. The model’s electric motors have a peak output of 300 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Its electric all-wheel-drive system has a pair of electric motors at the rear axle which deliver a maximum output of 300 kW and 700 Nm of torque.

 

What are the features of the EQE electric sedan?

The Mercedes-Benz EQE electric sedan is powered by two electric motors, one for each axle, with a system output of 402bhp and 680Nm of torque. Mercedes says the EQE is capable of doing 0-100kph (62mph) in 5.5 seconds and can drive up to an electric range of around 660km. The hybrid vehicle has a top speed of 150kph. The concept model has an extended “D” variant of the EQA's 40.3-kWh battery, but the production version has a slightly smaller 31-kWh battery. What are the mechanical features of the EQE electric sedan? The EQE has an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. The motor at the rear is capable of producing 40kW, while the one in front produces 100kW. What are the dimensions of the EQE electric sedan? With a wheelbase of 2.18m, the EQE electric sedan is 2.

 

How does this compare to other vehicles on the market?

The EQS is powered by the same electric motor as the EQC, a blistering 400 hp (298 kW) with 564 lb-ft of torque. The EQE on the other hand is said to have an output of 300 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. Similar to the EQC, the EQE’s electric motors work in unison to deliver power to the wheels. The concept car could travel up to 150 miles on a single charge and due to its large battery pack, could accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. This is impressive for a mid-sized sedan in this day and age. “The EQC was an opportunity to take the best of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and EQ A and make an electric car that will convince customers to look in our showroom and consider electric cars from Mercedes-Benz.

 

Conclusion

At Rs 65.41 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India), the EQE saloon will start at a premium of Rs 10.23 lakh against the Mercedes S-Class, which is priced at Rs 1.95 lakh more. The Mercedes-Benz EQA electric hatchback, which is available for Rs 55 lakh (ex-showroom), remains unchanged. What is clear is that Mercedes has left out an entry-level variant to meet the demands of Indian customers. We believe this is primarily to make the pricing flexible and build interest. Another plausible reason is that while the EQE saloon will come with a diesel option, the entry-level model will not have any. What is certain is that the EQE will significantly undercut the Model S when it comes to prices.

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