revealed Mercedes on the EQE, a sedan slightly smaller than the flagship EQS electric sedan built on the same technology platform.
The EQE was revealed at the 2021 IAA Mobility conference along with a handful of other electric vehicles such as the EQB, a car from AMG, Maybach versions of the EQS, and the electric G-Wagen concept.
While the EQE is 3.5 inches shorter than the EQS, it shares many of the same features as the company’s flagship electric sedan.
However, some of the more unique EQS features are no longer standard. There is a huge Hyperscreen display that dominates the dashboard. But only as an option.
Rear axle steering is also available as an option. And EQE gets over-the-air updates and upgrades, too.
The EQE rear-wheel drive launch model uses the same 90-kilowatt battery pack that powers the base EQS model, which the company says is good for up to 660 kilometers of driving on a full charge.
The EQE has up to 288 hp compared to the 516 hp EQS SUV. The company says a second version will be available at launch. This is although it did not say whether this other form of EQE is more or less capable.
However, by building on the electric vehicle platform and ditching the combustion powertrain, Mercedes says the EQE’s interior dimensions clearly exceed those of the current E-Class.
In practical terms, this means there’s an extra inch of room for those sitting in the front, and three inches more in interior length.
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Mercedes unveils its electric car EQE
The EQS looks like a real competitor to the Tesla Model S Plaid. So EQE is trying to offer an affordable way to access one of the company’s electric vehicles.
And EQE could be a more promising market participant than some of the company’s other early attempts, such as EQC, which were riddled with compromise due to it being built on an internal combustion engine platform rather than an electric vehicle platform.
“After the EQS, the EQE is the second model across our platform for premium and premium electric vehicles,” the company said. This speed of innovation demonstrates the advantages of a scalable architecture. With EQE, we can make high-tech EQS solutions available to a larger group of buyers.
The company added that the chassis of the car is made of recycled steel. Many of the internal components are made from recycled and renewable materials, including cable ducts. Less than 10 percent of battery chemistry is cobalt.
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