The Mercedes Benz EQE500 is a new luxury electric vehicle from the iconic German automaker. This new model boasts a sleek and stylish design, cutting-edge technology, and impressive performance. With a focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness, the EQE500 represents the future of the automotive industry.
The EQE500 has a distinctive and futuristic design that sets it apart from traditional luxury vehicles. It has a long, aerodynamic body that is stylish and functional, with sharp lines and smooth curves that give it a modern look. The front of the car is dominated by the Mercedes Benz logo at the center and flanked by lots of tiny logos. The car looks aggressive and definitely stands out from the crowd without looking too futuristic.
The exterior of the EQE500 features a range of advanced technology features, including full-LED headlights, which offer excellent visibility and provide a striking look. The vehicle also features a large, panoramic sunroof that allows passengers to enjoy the views. The wheels stand out with their plastic covers designed to be more aerodynamic.
The interior of the EQE500 is filled with a range of state-of-the-art technology and comfort features. The vehicle features a spacious and luxurious cabin, with premium materials used throughout, including leather seats and high-quality plastics. These are all things that you would expect in a Mercedes costing this much. The amount of technology inside is just amazing, and it can amaze your neighbors for days. The only problem is that the rear window is small, which really kills your rear view. Seeing behind you is a big problem in this car, as in many other new cars today.
The premium trim test model included a generous level of standard equipment, including the MBUX infotainment system with 12.8″ OLED multimedia touchscreen portrait display and 12.3″ driver display. Electric Intelligence, an EQ-specific navigation system, factors the elements of electric driving, such as available charge, charging stations along the route and driving style into its route calculations and computes the energy demand of the route. The system worked well. We set out for a 140-mile round trip, and the computer estimated that we will be back with 77 percent charge and we came back with 76 percent charge, so it is accurate. The system really helps you plan your route and know that you will be able to make it home.
Topography, ambient temperature, heating and cooling requirements, speed and traffic are all taken into account, as well as charging station availability, capacity and payment functions. Active Range Monitoring ensures the driver reaches the destination safely, even if they miss a charging stop, by displaying a checkered flag in the speedometer showing the maximum speed to reach the destination.
The EQE500 is the dual-motor version with all-wheel drive and has 402 hp which allows it to go from 0-60 in about 4.7 seconds to a top speed of 135 mph. It is a heavy vehicle, at 5,500 pounds, but it feels amazingly nimble for a car its size. As you would expect, it is extremely quick at lower speeds, but above 60 mph, it starts to feel normal.
What everyone wants to know about EVs is range and charging. The newer cars have become much better in this respect. Mercedes-Benz claims you can charge to 80 percent using a Level 3 charger from 10 percent in about 30 minutes. We did not have a chance to test that. Part of the problem is that there are still not that many Level 3 chargers around.
We found a Level 2 charger that was about five minutes away. Using that, it took about five to six hours to go from 70 percent to 100 percent. Fully charged, the EQE500 is good for about 300 miles. It was not convenient especially because you need someone to take you to the charging station and back to drop off and pick up the car. And, I would not feel comfortable leaving my shiny Mercedes in an empty lot by itself. If you owned one of these, you would have to install a Level 2 charger at your house.
Once charged fully, the EQE500 runs like a champ and is buttery smooth and comfortable. Try to go around a corner and you will find that the 255/40-20 Bridgestone Turanza T005 all season tires are not made for cornering. This is not a sports sedan and if you push too hard, it power understeers significantly. Cruising down the interstate is where the EQE500 shines and is comfortable.
The Mercedes Benz EQE500 is a luxury electric vehicle designed to deliver a superior driving experience, while also being eco-friendly and sustainable. With tons of gadgets and a good range of 300 miles, the EQE500 can be a great vehicle for driving just about anywhere as long as you have a charging plan ahead of time. With a price of around $100,000 the EQE500 is not cheap, but state of the art usually is not.
|Engine:||Permanent magnet synchronous motor, 90.6 kWh|
|Horsepower:||308 kW/402 hp|
|Front Suspension:||Independent four link|
|Rear Suspension:||Independent multilink|
|Curb Weight:||5,456 lbs.|