The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQE Saloon: The Complete Guide For Ireland

Mercedes-Benz EQE
Price: € 85,295
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 89 kWh/ 90.56 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 467 - 618 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)

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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQE Saloon

Mercedes-Benz, simply known as Mercedes, is a leading global luxury automative manufacturer based in Germany. The company is headquartered in Stuttgart and is famed for its high quality passenger vehicles, to include the Mercedes-Maybach. However, the company is also a leader in manufacturing commercial vehicles, to include the Mercedes eSprinter commercial EV and the Mercedes eVito electric van.

Mercedes-Benz EQ is the sub-brand used by the company for its portfolio of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The pure electric cars are branded as EQ, while the PHEVs are branded as EQ Power. The mild hybrid vehicles are branded as EQ Boost. The BEV portfolio includes:

The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQE Saloon is part of the Mercedes-Benz EQ electric mobility family. The electric EQE saloon is smaller than the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon and is positioned to compete against the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan premium electric cars. As would be expected, the EQE and EQS have a very similar exterior styling, but the wheelbase of the EQE is 90 mm smaller than the EQS. The EQE battery-electric vehicle (BEV), is the sixth BEV from Mercedes and was unveiled at the 2021 Munich Motor Show.

The EQE saloon is available, both, as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a higher performance all-wheel drive (AWD) variant. The rear-wheel drive EQE 300 has a 89 kWh onboard EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range up to 618 km. The all-wheel drive EQE 53 has a 90.56 kWh EV battery with a WLTP quoted e-range up to 467 km.

Of course, the real-world pure electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include, speed! So not surprising to note the lower e-range for the higher performance variant. For the EQE 300 expect a real-world range closer to 525 km, while for the EQE 53, a range of 395 km will be more realistic. In any case, the EV range offered is practical and useful for most driving needs, to include, longer distance motorway trips.

All variants offer DC charging up to 170 kW DC as standard. The EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 31 minutes. The manufacturer also offers a 3-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. However, as most homes in Ireland are limited to single-phase power supply, taking advantage of the 11 kW charging speed will only be for those with access to 3-phase EV charging at home, workplace or a public charging station.

Using a dedicated three-phase (11 kW) EV charger, the EQE electric car can be fully charged in 8 hours and 30 minutes. Single-phase charging will take longer. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper.

The EQE 300 delivers 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds (max power: 245 hp/ torque: 565 Nm). The top speed of the EV is 210 km/h. The higher performance all-wheel drive AMG EQE 53 delivers 0-100 km/h in a whopping 3.5 seconds (max power: 625 hp/ torque: 950 Nm). The top speed of the EV is 220 km/h. Of course, the electric car also benefits from instant torque.

Like the EQS, the EQE has a high quality interior and specifications, to include: a dual-screen infotainment system as standard, with an option for a MBUX hyperscreen (17.7 inches). The luxurious EQE electric vehicle (EV) is packed with technology, to include: active distance assist DISTRONIC, rear sensors for the lane departure assistant, active steering assist, fingerprint scanner, MBUX multimedia system, widescreen cockpit, 360° camera, memory parking assist and more.

In terms of practicality, the four-door medium-sized EQE electric car offers a 430 L boot space. The roofline does impact the available headroom for rear seat passengers and the rear-view visibility.

Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!

Good EV rangeBoot space limited
DC Charging up to 170 kW DC and 11 kW AC onboard charger as standardRoofline impacts practicality
Available as rear-wheel drive and all-wheel driveCheaper alternatives available


The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQE (credit: Mercedes-Benz)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Saloon
Available In Ireland:Yes

Variants (6 Options)
Mercedes EQE 300 (from € 85,295)
Mercedes EQE 350 (from € 89,685)
Mercedes EQE 350 4MATIC (from € 92,645)
Mercedes EQE 500 4MATIC (from € 102,870)
Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4MATIC (from € 128,615)
Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ (from € 135,475)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 89 kWh/ 90.56 kWh
Charging:170 kW DC Rapid Charging. Onboard charger 11 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity: 16.7 kWh€ 4.00
Battery net capacity: 30.0 kWh€ 7.19
Battery net capacity: 39.2 kWh€ 9.39
Battery net capacity: 45.0 kWh€ 10.78
Battery net capacity: 50.0 kWh€ 11.98
Battery net capacity: 64.0 kWh€ 15.34
Battery net capacity: 71.0 kWh€ 17.01
Battery net capacity: 77.0 kWh€ 18.45
Battery net capacity: 90.0 kWh€ 21.57
Battery net capacity: 100.0 kWh€ 23.97
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in Ireland varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for Ireland is 23.97 cents/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1,503
Width (mm):2,104
Length (mm):4,946 
Wheelbase (mm):3,120
Turning Circle (m):12.5 
Boot Space (L):430 

EQE 300
EV Battery Capacity:89 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):557 – 618 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):186 – 167
Charging:170 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 31 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100% : 8 hrs and 30 mins)
Top Speed:210 km/h
0-100 km/h:7.3 seconds
Drive:Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Max Power (hp):245
Torque (Nm):565
Kerb Weight (kg):2,355
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

EV Battery Capacity:90.56 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):467 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):224 – 223
Charging:170 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 30 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100% : 8 hrs and 30 mins)
Top Speed:220 km/h
0-100 km/h:3.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):625
Torque (Nm):950
Kerb Weight (kg):2,525
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Longest Range Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars: Top 5

The continued improvement in the development of electric cars is not limited to only pure electric cars, also known as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). In fact, we have also witnessed improvements for the latest-generation of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). In particular, increased range and lower emissions.

In the list below of longest-range PHEVs, all EVs have a claimed WLTP e-range over 100 km. Leading the pack is the Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid with an emission-free electric range up to 114 km. In regards to tailpipe emissions, Mercedes PHEVs top the list with tailpipe emissions as low as 13g (CO2/km), significantly lower compared to the conventional petrol or diesel variants!

Though historically, plug-in hybrids have played an important role in the migration from conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel vehicles to all-electric cars, given the significant improvement in the e-range of pure electric cars, the role of PHEVs has reduced in importance. We can expect this trend to continue, as automotive manufacturers focus on developing and delivering pure electric cars. We at e-zoomed expect plug-in hybrid cars to become redundant in due course.

In general, we recommend buying a pure electric car, however, with those with very limited access to EV charging infrastructure and need to drive long distance on a regular basis, to consider a PHEV. Do keep in mind, for most families, day-to-day driving needs are limited to short journeys i.e. school runs, grocery store, gym, work, high street etc. Most of the latest-generation of pure electric cars can meet this need!

Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Tailpipe Emissions (CO2/km)Body Type
Mercedes-Benz C Class Plug-In Hybrid25.4 kWh104 km13g (CO2/km)Estate
Mercedes-Benz C Class Plug-In Hybrid 25.4 kWh110 km13g (CO2/km)Saloon
Mercedes-Benz S Class Plug-In Hybrid 28.6 kWh101 km19g (CO2/km)Saloon
Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid38.2 kWh114 km20 – 18g (CO2/km)SUV
Range Rover Plug-In Hybrid 38.2 kWh112 km21 – 18g (CO2/km)SUV

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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