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The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE electric sedan joins the growing EV market. Equipped with a 90-kWh battery, the EQE promises 305 miles of range with the rear-wheel drive, and 260 miles with the all-wheel drive. Our experts share their first impressions and discuss the EQE’s livability and usability. Plus, we answer on how to understand EV range ratings, like MPGe.
0:00 – Intro
0:14 – 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE
3:44 – Infotainment screen, controls
8:00 – Navigation features
9:24 – Pricing and options
11:53 – Driving position
12:42 – Styling, fit and finish
13:58 – Driving impressions
18:12 EV alternatives
21:42 – Question: What’s MPGe and how do you convert it to kWh/100miles?
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There are great lease deals to be had if you look hard enough for the EQE and EQS as they are being discounted well with a decent residual.
Great show with solid analysis. The pity is the new cars are so expensive, boring, too much tech, lousy ergonomics, etc. Any relatively, cheap, simple tech cars out there?
If you want a decent basic electric car CR is right, Hyundai is doing a great job. I personally like Tesla.
listening guys talking about electric cars is like watching paint dry
Both Hyundai and Kia went through their ‘you can have any powertrain that you want in it” phase. The original Hyundai Ionic, Kona and Kia Niro had/have ICE, hybrid and EV variants. But by doing this you make compromises in layout, design and efficiency which is why they (and others) are going to dedicated EV platforms.
Sure it’s $80k, but you can drive it for a whole 3 HOURS on the highway before it has to recharge.
Way over complicating the efficiency discussion. MPGe is good to compare efficiency. Nothing else needed. As far as charging a car, cars that can charge at higher rates, and chargers that supply more kw, will allow the car to recover more range faster. At home a level 2 charger is fine.
Please don’t use electret condenser microphones. Use the venerable Heil 40 dynamic mike.
Don’t forget a G80 Electrified which is way more livable
Your negative take on the EQE suggests that the age of the German luxury car giants might well be coming to an end. As you say, if a $40k Hyundai compares favorably with an $80k Mercedes, then the game has changed. What would a potential demise of M-B, BMW and/or VW/Audi mean for Germany? The Koreans certainly seem unassailable right now (alongside new US brands like Tesla and Rivian) but the Chinese are close on their heels and they might stage a similar automobile revolution in a decade or two.