Updating the online configurator, Mercedes Benz has come up with further variants on its electric model EQE. A new price list dated July 5th enlists a total of six variants that includes two entry models EQE 300 and EQE 350. Both models utilize a smaller 89 kWh battery instead of the 90.6 one in EQE 350+, EQE 500 4 MATIC and two AMG models. While the larger EQS has up to twelve modules, the new smaller version would likely have at least ten, though this fact has not been confirmed directly by the company.
Mercedes did not also confirm the reason for this change in usable energy content. There could be multiple reasons. The cells in the EQE 300 and EQE 350 are likely to be sourced from a different supplier and this could help us understand the small difference of one and a half kilowatt-hours. It could also be as simple as the use of different software and the buffer on those batteries was increased. This is also likely, as companies are seen doing this to commit better capacity retention over time. When the battery degrades, the loss in capacity can be compensated by minimizing the buffer.
The new price list finds EQE 300 being listed with 89kWh with a nominal output of 180kW. WLTP has valued the range between 550 and 639 kilometres. The same battery in the EQE 350 offers an output of 217 kW with the WLTP range staying exactly the same as that for EQE 300. In bringing these new transitions, Mercedes has given away the EQE350+ variant with 90.56 kWh and 215 kW rear-wheel drive. As this version still holds the fort for the longest range, none of the new variants qualify to add the “+” to their names, as in Mercedes this symbol signifies the variant with the longest range.