Mercedes-Benz continues to make good on its promise to go all-electric by 2030 with the announcement of the AMG EQE, a high-performance model of the automaker’s electrical E-class sedan.
The AMG EQE is the second battery-electric manufacturing automotive from the automaker’s in-house efficiency AMG subsidiary, following the AMG EQS sedan introduced final September. Each automobiles will probably be constructed on Mercedes’ EVA2 platform, which underpins the EQS, the smaller EQE, and a number of other SUV sister fashions. The EVA2 is designed for medium and huge automobiles, whereas the automaker’s MMA (Mercedes Modular Structure), debuting in 2025, will probably be for electrical compact automobiles such because the EQA and EQB.
The brand new Mercedes-AMG EQE will probably be depraved quick, boasting a 0–60mph acceleration of three.2 seconds as a high velocity of 149 mph with the Dynamic Plus package deal (3.4 seconds and 1347 mph with out the package deal). Its twin electrical motors put out 677 horsepower and 738 ft-lbs of torque when geared up with the AMG Dynamic Plus package deal and increase operate. (With out the Dynamic Plus package deal, the AMG EQE will nonetheless put out a still-respectable 617 horsepower.)
The 328-volt battery has a usable vitality content material of 90.6kWh and consists of 10 modules with a complete of 360 pouch cells. The estimated vary is between 444-518 km, which interprets to 275-321 miles — though Mercedes says that US-specific measurements will probably be launched nearer to launch.
Mercedes says it has diminished the cobalt content material of the battery’s chemistry to 10 %. Cobalt is the costliest materials utilized in batteries, so eliminating it from the combo is predicted to assist EVs grow to be as reasonably priced as those who run on gasoline. It has additionally been referred to as the “blood diamond of batteries” as a result of it’s been mined in a approach that’s endangered little one staff and wrecked the surroundings within the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Like with the AMG EQS, Mercedes says the EQE’s battery administration system can be configured particularly for AMG. Within the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the main target is on efficiency, whereas Consolation mode focuses on working vary.
Mercedes says the AMG EQE will go on sale within the US in early 2023. The corporate didn’t disclose any pricing data, however we will think about it is going to price lower than the AMG EQS and EQS sedan, which sells for over $100,000.
If the AMG EQS appears like a worthy competitor to Tesla’s Mannequin S Plaid, the AMG EQE is probably going about attempting to supply a considerably extra reasonably priced and approachable approach into what Mercedes-Benz is doing on the excessive finish with its electrical automobiles. And so long as it fulfills its guarantees, the AMG EQE might be a extra promising entrant into the market than a few of Mercedes-Benz’s different early makes an attempt, just like the EQC, which was stuffed with compromises resulting from being constructed on a combustion engine platform as a substitute of being a ground-up electrical car — one of many objectives that it established when it first revealed the Imaginative and prescient EQS idea in 2019.