Mercedes-Benz Lines Up Tesla Model S Fighter
Mercedes-Benz is broadening its assault on the electric vehicle market, with an upmarket saloon planned to go on sale in the early 2020s.
The EQE was one of outgoing chairman Dieter Zetsche’s final approvals before he left his role heading Mercedes-Benz, and now details on the model have been revealed in documents made public by the Chinese Ministry of Information and Technology according to Autocar.
The EQE will be one of 10 EV models that will live under the EQ sub-brand that currently only houses the EQC SUV. The EQE will reportedly be on sale by 2022, while the EQC will be hitting Australian showrooms in October this year.
The EQC will be followed by the EQA—which will be based on the A-Class, the EQV which is an electric MPV, the EQS which is the electric S-Class and the EQB which will be a smaller SUV. After all those are on the market, THEN the EQE will be available.
According to sources the EQE will be shorter than the current E-Class but have interior space that puts it in the same league as the current S-Class. It will likely be aimed squarely at buyers woo’d by the Tesla Model S.
It will be sold as a four-wheel-drive with two motors mounted at the front and back of the vehicle to power the respective wheels.
The EQE will be produced in Germany at a 1.5 billion-euro facility built with a Chinese joint-venture partner. Mercedes expects the facility will be able to produce 70,000 units per year by 2022.
Mercedes has committed to ploughing billions into its EQ sub-brand through developing new models and through investing in battery cell technology to increase range.