The Mercedes EQE has all the requirements to become the benchmark for electric sedans. Like the EQS, which forms the counterpart to the S-Class, it is based on the EVA2 platform and is so extensive and first-class equipped that the Mercedes slogan of the best or nothing is credible again.
Plenty of power
The market launch will take place in mid-2022 with the EQE 350 and another variant that has not yet been named. The power of the permanent magnet synchronous motor on the rear axle is 215 kW. 4MATIC all-wheel-drive versions with even more power will follow later. The torque in the EQE 350 is 530 Nm. Mercedes has not yet published its performance – but it should be far more than sufficient. A price is also not known. The luxurious EQS currently starts at 106,374.10 euros, which is why we are speculating with an entry-level price for the EQE 350 between 70,000 and 80,000 euros.
Slightly larger than an E-Class
In terms of external dimensions, the EQE is similar to the current E-Class (test): It is 4.95 m long, 1.96 m wide and 1.51 m high. At 3.12 m, the wheelbase is 9 cm shorter than the EQS, but still generous. The interior length should be 8 cm longer than in the conventional E-Class. The shoulder room (plus 2.7 cm) is also greater, and the sitting position is 6.3 cm higher. Only when it comes to the volume of the conventional trunk – there is no tailgate like in the BMW i4 – does the EQE seem tightly dimensioned with 430 liters according to the VDA standard.
90 kWh energy content
The battery system of the EQE 350 has a net capacity of 90 kWh. The NCM811 cells, together with the power electronics and the interior, are carefully temperature-controlled with several fluid circuits. In addition, the battery management system can receive updates over the air over the entire life cycle. Mercedes does not currently say whether Farasis will be the supplier for the cells.
The EQE was measured provisionally and is not finally homologated. The power consumption is 15.7 to 19.3 kWh / 100 km according to WLTP, depending on the tires (19 to 21 inch wheels, some with particularly streamlined cover). The range is determined in a separate process and is therefore not the quotient of battery capacity and energy consumption: The WLTP covers 545 to 660 km. To assess these values, it would be helpful if Mercedes would also publish those on aerodynamics. In the press release it only says that the EQE would be “in the slipstream of the world champion”, i.e. the EQS. The EQS has a cWValue of 0.20. It can therefore be assumed that the EQE is slightly higher.
170 kW DC-Ladeleistung
In addition to capacity and aerodynamics, an elementary component of a battery-electric car’s ability to travel is its charging power: the EQE can manage up to 170 kW on the DC side. This is the peak power. As in every electric car, this is only available over a certain charging area. Mercedes therefore also gives a second number: under ideal conditions, a good 35 kWh should be recharged in a quarter of an hour. According to WLTP data, this, according to Mercedes, should be sufficient for up to 250 km. On the motorway, however, consumption values of 20 and more kWh / 100 km can be assumed, which results in a good or around 150 km. The EQE charges with 11 kW as standard on the home wallbox. An AC device with 22 kW is available as an option, which shortens the total time from around eight to around four hours.
Another interesting feature is the optional and therefore surcharge all-wheel steering. It is available in two versions, depending on the choice of tire, and reduces the turning circle from 12.5 to 11.6 (4.5 degrees steering angle) or 10.7 (ten degrees) meters. In other words: The handiness is growing rapidly, which is a real help in everyday life in this size class.