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

The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz EQE Saloon India
Price: N/A
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Saloon
Battery size: 89 kWh/ 90.6 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 467 - 617 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 617 km. The all-wheel drive EQE 53 has a 90.6 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.

Both 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 India 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/ 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/ 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! The Mercedes-Benz EQE Saloon is not available in India.

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 Saloon (credit: Mercedes)

 At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Saloon
Available In India:No

  Variants (1 Option)
Mercedes-Benz EQE (Rs N/A)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes: 89 kWh/ 90.6 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)
Battery Warranty:8 years or 160,000 km

Height (mm):1503
Width (mm):2104
Length (mm):4946 
Wheelbase (mm):3120
Turning Circle (m):12.5 
Boot Space (L):430 

 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

EQE 300
EV Battery Capacity:89 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):557 – 617 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:90.6 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

Pure Electric Cars Available In India

For most of us in India, recognising an electric car on our roads will be a challenge. Compared to the more matured EV markets, like China and Europe, the availability of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in India is still limited.

Having said that, the leading automotive manufacturers in India, like Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra, have demonstrated leadership in the development and introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) in India, to include, the Tata Nexon EV and the Mahindra eVerito. Tata announced recently it had increased its sale of EVs in India by a whopping 353% in FY22 compared to FY21. Tata sold 19,106 EVs in FY22.

India currently has up to 20 pure electric cars on sale, ranging from Rs 11.99 to Rs 2.05 Crore. Leading international automotive brands like Audi AG, BMW AG, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Mercedes-Benz, MG Motors, Porsche AG & the Volvo Group have introduced plug-in pure electric cars in India.

We can expect many more international automotive companies to follow suit, to include, the famed EV manufacturer, Tesla Inc. In fact, Elon Musk has already made public his intentions to sell Tesla electric cars in India.

For the successful development of the electric driving market, the deployment of widespread EV charging infrastructure is a prerequisite, to include, charging at home and public EV charging stations. In India, electric car charging infrastructure is still at very nascent stages. The total number of public charge points in India are currently a mere 1,742. EV chargers installed at homes is also at a nascent stage.

Lastly, the introduction of cheaper electric cars with longer ranges is vital in building confidence with potential buyers to migrate to zero-tailpipe emission electric cars. EVs at a price point below Rs 20 Lakhs will be key in spurring growth in the Indian EV market. Below is a list of BEVs currently available in India.

EV Type Of EV Price
Audi e-tronBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.00 Crore
Audi RS e-tron GTBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 2.05 Crore
Audi e-tron SportbackBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.19 Crore
Audi e-tron GTBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.8 Crore
BMW iX Electric SAVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.16 Crore
Hyundai Kona ElectricBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 23.79 Lakhs
Jaguar I-PACEBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.05 Crore
Mercedes-Benz EQCBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 1.06 Crore
MG ZS EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 21.49 Lakhs
Porsche TaycanBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs. 1.5 Crore
Porsche Cayenne E Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)Rs 1.58 Crore
Tata Tigor EVBattery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 11.99 Lakhs
Tata Nexon Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)Rs 14.24 Lakhs
Volvo XC90Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)Rs 95 Lakhs

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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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