The Mercedes-Benz EQE: Racing to the Future of EVs

The Mercedes EQE is the latest sedan to hop on the electrification train. And the specs look enticing.
Written by Tom Hindle
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
A zoomed-in look at the Mercedes logo.
In the very near future, the majority of automakers will discontinue gas-powered car production in favor of
electric vehicles
. The United States alone is already well on its way to
reaching its 2030 EV sales goal
. Even lesser-known EV manufacturers, such as Lucid, are taking this opportunity to break
into more markets
across the world.
To make the transition easier for drivers, many automakers are just making electrified versions of already-cherished models. And Mercedes has continued that trend with the sublime EQE, an electrified version of the popular E-Class sedan. Here’s what we know about the hotly anticipated ride so far.
How much power does the Mercedes-Benz EQE have?
The Mercedes-Benz EQE has one electric motor on the rear axle, capable of 288 horsepower with 391 lb-ft of torque. Per
Car and Driver
, it has a top speed of 130 mph and can reach the 60 mph mark in a little under six seconds—extremely quick for a luxury sedan. 19-inch wheels come standard, and you can also have a rear-wheel steering system and adjustable air suspension.
An AWD 4Matic version is also available, though Benz hasn't revealed its performance potential just yet. However, we do know that it will have an additional electric motor and churn out upwards of 400 horsepower.

EV-exclusive perks

The Mercedes-Benz EQE has a slightly different design than the EQE sedan, according to
The Verge
. It's constructed purely with recycled steel and has a slightly longer wheelbase. It still has the same aero wheels offered on many of its siblings, and larger rims will probably be optional.
The battery is also recycled, made from less than 10% cobalt, and reported to have up to 410 miles of range. However, due strict EPA regulations, it will likely be somewhere in the 300s. Your quickest charging option is a DC fast-charger, which can restore 80% of the battery in under 30 minutes.
The large and durable battery gives the Mercedes-Benz EQE a slightly higher driving position—giving the driver a better vantage point. Passengers can enjoy three extra inches of legroom, and there's a little more shoulder-space upfront. Meanwhile, the EQE had the same special grille design as
the electric EQS sedan
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Other features of the Mercedes-Benz EQE

Like any other Mercedes, the EQE's cabin materials do not disappoint. The leather seats come standard with heating and ventilation for front-seat riders, and massage settings are optional. Every EQE also comes standard with ambient interior lighting, a wireless charging pad, and a panoramic sunroof.
The standard Burmester sound system can produce various levels of studio-quality audio. You can configure these options through the infotainment screen, though you'll have to pay extra for the 56-inch Hyperscreen. The standard 12.3-inch touchscreen is still big enough for most drivers, and the picture quality is exceptional. 
Other tempting extras include a head-up display, automatic soft-closing doors, four-zone climate control, and a full suite of safety features. You can also protect your shiny new Benz with the standard driver fingerprint scanner and facial recognition system. The EQE even has your health in mind: the optional climate control system can cleanse the air before you step inside.

Where can I find the best insurance for this EV?

The Mercedes-Benz EQE has yet to be released, so we don't have any insurance estimates yet. However,
previous research
suggests that the average Mercedes-Benz E-Class insurance policy costs around $240-$300 per month.
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