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

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 89 kWh/ 91 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 486 - 538 km
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


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The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV


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:

Like the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQE Saloon, the all-electric Mercedes EQE SUV is also part of the Mercedes-Benz EQ electric mobility family. Both electric vehicles (EVs) have much in common and are built on the same EVA2 dedicated EV platform (it is the fourth model to use this platform). The EV also has borrowed technology incorporated in the EQS. The mid-sized luxury EQE SUV was unveiled in October 2022.

The availability of pure electric SUVs continues to increase, as automotive manufacturers capitalise on the growing demand for electric SUVs, in particular, premium e-SUVs. We can expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future. In fact, our list of Best Electric Cars 2023 is dominated by SUVs.

The EQE SUV is available in two variants, the all-wheel drive (AWD) EQE 350 4MATIC, and the all-wheel drive (AWD) EQE 500 4MATIC (there is a third variant, the AMG EQE 43 4MATIC, which is not currently available in all markets). The entry-level EQE 350 has a 89 kWh onboard EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range up to 538 km. The higher performance EQE 500 has a marginally larger onboard EV battery (91 kWh) with a WLTP quoted e-range up to 521 km.

Of course, the real-world pure electric range will be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, weather conditions, road surface, tyre size, speed, regenerative braking profile, payload etc.! For the EQE 350 expect a real-world e-range closer to 460 km, while for the EQE 500, a range of 440 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.

The e-SUV also incorporates a sophisticated thermal architecture, with a heat pump as standard, to further enhance the efficiency and e-range of the electric vehicle.

Both variants offer DC charging up to 170 kW DC as standard. The EV battery can be charged up to 80% in 32 minutes. The manufacturer also offers a 3-phase 11 kW or 22 kW AC onboard charger as standard (depending on the variant). 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 10 hours. A three-phase 22 kW charger will charge the EV battery 0%-100% in 5 hours. Single-phase (7.4 kW) charging will take longer. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight at home, when the electricity tariff rates are cheaper.

We encourage consumers to install a green energy PV system and battery storage on-site. It is good for the environment and the wallet! An electric car charged using renewable energy achieves ‘well-to-wheel’, zero-tailpipe emissions.

The EQE 350 delivers 0-100 km/h in 6.6 seconds (max power: 288 hp/ torque: 765 Nm). The higher performance EQE 500 delivers 0-100 km/h in a whopping 4.9 seconds (max power: 408 hp/ torque: 858 Nm). The top speed of the EV is 210 km/h. An impressive performance, given the weight of the SUV (over 2.5 tonnes). Of course, the dual-motor, four-wheel drive system also benefits from instant torque.

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 driving assistance systems, to include: active blind spot assist, active brake assist with cross-traffic function, active distance assist DISTRONIC, active emergency stop assist, active evasive steering assist: and more. In terms of practicality, the medium-sized EQE electric SUV offers a 520 L boot space.

The EV is manufactured in Tuscaloosa (USA). Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet!


PROS CONS
Good EV range (up to 538 km)Cheaper alternatives available
DC Charging up to 170 kW DCHyperscreen not standard on variants
Heat pump as standard22 kW AC onboard charger not standard on all variants

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


At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:SUV
Engine:Electric
Available In Ireland:No

Variants (1 Option)
Mercedes EQE (from € N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 89 kWh/ 91 kWh
Charging:170 kW DC Rapid Charging. Onboard charger 11 kW/ 22 kW AC. 11 kW AC (10%-100% : 10 hours)/ 22 kW AC (10%-100% : 5 hours)
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

Dimensions
Height (mm):1685
Width (mm):2141
Length (mm):4863
Wheelbase (mm):3030
Turning Circle (m):12.3 
Boot Space (L):520

EQE 350 4MATIC
EV Battery Capacity:89 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):486 – 538 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):224 – 187 
Charging:170 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 32 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100% : 10 hours). 22 kW AC (10%-100% : 5 hours)
Top Speed:210 km/h
0-100 km/h:6.6 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):288
Torque (Nm):765
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Kerb Weight (kg):2,580
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

EQE 500 4MATIC
EV Battery Capacity:91 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):488 – 521 km
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):225 – 189
Charging:170 kW DC rapid charging (10%-80%: 32 mins). Onboard charger 11 kW AC (10%-100% : 10 hours). 22 kW AC (10%-100% : 5 hours)
Top Speed:210 km/h
0-100 km/h:4.9 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Max Power (hp):408
Torque (Nm):858
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:4
Kerb Weight (kg):2,560
Colours:7
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

Longest Range Pure Electric Cars: Top 5


The electric driving sector has certainly witnessed significant progress in relation to electric range, for both, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Historically, range anxiety has been an impediment for consumers keen to migrate to electric cars, in particular, pure electric cars.

Though range anxiety has been a valid concern, in our view, it had been over-exaggerated. Do keep in mind that most day-to-day driving involves short journeys i.e. school runs, travel to work, local high street, gym, grocery store etc. How many times in a month do we really travel long distances?

In any case, with the latest-generation of pure electric cars, there is ample e-range for both short and long-distance motorway journeys. In fact, the latest-generation of pure electric cars offer a real-world range over 500 km on a single charge. Some of these EVs can travel from the North to the South of Ireland on a single-charge! The longest range electric car on our list below is the all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS saloon with a WLTP claimed range up to 729 km.

Several factors have contributed to the improvement in emission-free electric range. Some of these include: increase in size of the onboard EV battery, improvements in the EV battery management, sleeker aerodynamics, lower vehicle weight and overall improvement in vehicle efficiency. We can expect this trend to continue, as automotive manufacturers labour to further improve the efficiency of electric vehicles and ultimately electric range.

It is also worth noting, that not all automotive manufacturers aspire for the largest onboard EV battery or the longest electric range. Many electric cars, like the all-electric Honda-e have been developed primarily to target the needs of urban drivers, who travel short distances. Of course, even for such electric cars, automotive manufacturers continue to seek improvements in vehicle efficiency and e-range.


Brand/ ModelBattery Size (kWh)Electric Range (WLTP)Body TypeBattery Warranty
Mercedes-Benz EQS108.4 kWh729 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
BMW i7105.7 kWh622 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
Mercedes-Benz EQE90.6 kWh617 kmSaloon8 years or 160,000 km
Polestar 3111 kWh610 kmSUV8 years or 160,000 km
Ford Mustang Mach-E98 kWh600 kmSUV8 years or 160,000 km

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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 the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar 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 AMIH, 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 is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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