Mercedes-Benz Chooses Electrons Over V8s: The Horsepower Did Not Leave The Building, It Just Got Quieter


Mercedes-Benz Chooses Electrons Over V8s: The Horsepower Did Not Leave The Building, It Just Got Quieter

(By Tom Lohnes) – After unexpectedly discontinuing every single V8 model from their lineup besides the S580 and its Maybach counterpart, Mercedes-Benz had to make up for those models quick. Thankfully, Mercedes held an event recently, and released three new battery-powered cars, all of which look promising.

Vehicle #1, Mercedes-Benz EQE-The luxury EV for the masses 

About the size of. Your typical E-class sedan, the EQE takes it’s looks from the larger EQS and shrinks them a bit, making a much better-looking car. The EQE is initially only going to be available in base 350 form, which offers 288hp from a singular motor mounted at the back, which will give you a claimed range of 410 miles, which is excellent. Expect an upgraded EQE450 with a dual-motor AWD system, and maybe even an AMG variant to come.

Vehicle #2, Mercedes-Maybach EQS concept- Wait, it’s an SUV? 

With the normal EQS being a sedan, it is sort of weird seeing the posher Maybach version come out as an SUV, but it sort of makes sense due to this vehicle replacing the GLS600 Maybach, which only had a 1-year run before being discontinued. The Maybach EQS isn’t exactly a looker, but the interior is quite literally stunning. There are lots of screens everywhere, and the basic design looks like Tesla’s minimalism done a lot better. This is a concept vehicle, but it is very near production, so don’t expect much change between now and when the actual vehicle is released.

Vehicle #3, Mercedes-AMG EQS 53- The fast gets faster 

With much-improved looks over the standard model, and a staggering 761 horsepower, the Mercedes-AMG EQS is a force to be reckoned with. The crazy thing to consider here is that this beast is only the midrange AMG model, there should be a 63 on the way with even more guts. With the 53, the EQS gets a new “grille”, aero kit, and interior to match the new badge it wears. Range is also rated at 478 miles, which is nearly breaking an EV record.

So, that’s the future of Mercedes. Promising?


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10 thoughts on “Mercedes-Benz Chooses Electrons Over V8s: The Horsepower Did Not Leave The Building, It Just Got Quieter

  1. Labweiler

    Another soulless electric appliance. I also find it amusing that nobody talks about charging. It’s only about the car.
    Until I can charge the car in the same amount of time it takes to fill my gas tank I’m not interested. What about having to wait an hour for your turn at the charger?
    Funny how no one EVER talks about that.

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    1. Nate

      Just charge it while you are home or at work. The majority of the time you wouldn’t need to go find a charging station.

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      1. Labweiler

        Charge at home when I go on a trip? Yeah that’ll work.

        What about when I check on my dad or take him to appointments? He’s in Upper Michigan and there are ZERO charging stations. Sorry dad, my car is dead I can’t take you to the VA for your checkup.
        I also need to drive in there in the winter where it can be well below freezing. Can you say range limiting? Not taking a chance like that.

        At this point electric cars don’t make sense for me.

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  2. Patrick

    Nate, do you want to pay to charge it during the prime time rates? Pay more? Now in Socal we have gone from Flex hours to Flex days! Want your power turned off for the day, sign up with SDGE or SCE! Its free! They will also turn your AC off at no charge! California has no plan for the oncoming surge of electric usage, but they continue to tear down gas burning electrical plants.

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  3. Nate

    Sounds like California is the problem, not electric cars. Most people don’t have to worry about such nonsense. Plug it in at night and commute tomorrow for less than what you would spend in fuel. If you can afford to, you can always install solar panels and collect energy during the day to charge your vehicle at night.

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  4. Patrick

    Typical response. Spend 30k on solar with no storage doesn’t pencil out or save the world. Btw, most people should worry about this because it will spread from Ca

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    1. Nate

      There are plenty of storage systems to choose from and if you can afford one of these cars, you can probably afford a storage battery. They aren’t building these to “save the world”. These cars make crazy amounts of hp, get great range and are cheap to power.

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  5. Whelk

    With the low take rate on EVs I wonder how this will affect overall MB sales? Are their provit centers V6s and trucks?

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  6. Skeptical

    The lithium mining…. look up the nasty impacts to health/environment and how little is recouped from recycling. Its nasty stuff that’s being ignored to push these things on people.

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