In a piece of latest news, the automobile giant Mercedes-Benz continues to make good on its promise to go all-electric by the year 2030 with the announcement of the AME EQE. The AME EQE is a high-performance version of the automakers electric E-class sedan. It is the second battery-electric production car from the automaker’s in-house performance AMG subsidiary, following the AMG EQS sedan announced in September 2021.
Powerpacked with Power
Both cars will be built on Mercedes’ EVA2 platform, which underpins the EQS, the smaller EQE, and several SUV sister models. The EVA2 is designed for medium and large vehicles, while the automaker’s MMA (Mercedes Modular Architecture)—all set to debut in 2025—will be for electric compact cars such as the EQA and EQB.
The new Mercedes-AMG EQE will be wicked fast, boasting a 0–60mph acceleration of 3.2 seconds as a top speed of 149 mph with the Dynamic Plus package (3.4 seconds and 1347 mph without the package). Its dual electric motors put out 677 horsepower and 738 ft-lbs of torque when equipped with the AMG Dynamic Plus package and boost function. (Without the Dynamic Plus package, the AMG EQE will still put out a still-respectable 617 horsepower.)
Focusing on Affordability
According to reports, the company says it has reduced the cobalt content of the battery’s chemistry to 10 percent. Cobalt is the most expensive material used in batteries, so eliminating it from the mix is expected to help EVs become as affordable as those that run on gas.
Like with the AMG EQS, Mercedes says the EQE’s battery management system is also configured specifically for AMG. According to Mercedes, the AMG EQE will be up for sale in early 2023. The company has, however, not disclosed any pricing information yet but it is estimated to cost less than the AMG EQS and EQS sedan—which sells for over $100,000.