Over a espresso on the Coochin Creek high-speed chargers, Rick instructed me why he purchased an electrical Mercedes AMG EQE53. “We had a Plaid Mannequin X (and a base Mannequin Y) on order when Tesla determined to not make RHD S & X. I used to be within the US on the time and commenced high-end options to buy after we returned to Australia. I drove a lot of the German choices obtainable right here together with Porsche, BMW, Mercedes & Audi. Of them, Mercedes had the very best attributes for me. I didn’t just like the BMW’s design or consumer expertise, the Porsche’s two-speed gearbox drove me a bit of nuts with its hesitation, and the Audi was simply bland. All of the US sellers have been really fairly useful though they couldn’t promote me a automotive.”
Rick and his spouse picked up their new EVs once they returned to dwell on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast after a few years in Texas. With a world profession as a administration advisor to the vitality sector (renewable and fossil fuels), Rick can base himself anyplace after which journey as wants be. His Australian spouse is completely happy to be house. Rick specialises in maintaining firms alive in opposed financial circumstances corresponding to when authorities coverage modifications. The vitality trade has seen an excessive amount of this.
Within the US, Rick was primarily based in Texas and stated lots of his fellow Texans have been shopping for EVs, to not mitigate international local weather change however as a result of the air high quality, notably in Dallas/Fort Value, was poor. EV penetration has doubled in Texas up to now 2 years in an effort to scale back the pollution from tailpipe emissions that get trapped by the warmth, humidity, and topography of the realm. Respiratory is essential to folks. (And, additionally, EVs are enjoyable and funky.)
“The electrical Mercedes EQE begins round $140,000 AUD. Pricing is about by Mercedes-Benz Australia and you should purchase the automotive both on-line or in-store. I purchased on-line and that have is about the identical as Tesla — besides you typically don’t construct the automotive — you choose from the nationwide stock and take supply on the retailer you select. I chosen the Mercedes-AMG EQE53, which is the efficiency mannequin. Its pricing is round $240,000 AUD. The Mannequin X Plaid was going to be $250,000 AUD.”
So, the Tesla Mannequin X Plaid and the Mercedes-Benz EQE53 have comparable pricing. “For the additional $100K price of the EQE53, you get all the choices obtainable in Australia, together with the huge side-to-side three-screen Hyperscreen, bigger motors that produce a 0-100 km/h of three.3 seconds and another AMG-exclusive trim & software program.” I have to admit, after I sat within the absolute luxurious of the Mercedes-Benz this morning after which moved to my Tesla Mannequin 3, it appeared poverty affected by comparability. The sprint made me really feel like I used to be in an iMax theatre. The match and end have been top-shelf Mercedes-Benz.
“The vary on the bottom electrical Mercedes mannequin is claimed at 600+ km. On the all-wheel drive fashions, they declare 500 km on the 90kWh battery. I feel real-world vary is nearer to 430 km. In 2024, the entrance motor design has modified to provide all EQEs the claimed 600+ km mileage.”
Rick prices his Mercedes-Benz EQE53 and Tesla Mannequin Y at house in Australia from a gen-3 Tesla vacation spot charger. He tells me that: “Within the US, Tesla mainly has the one dependable nationwide charging community and now we have performed a number of 100,000 km of cross-country driving in our Tesla utilizing Superchargers with occasional use at Electrify America and different DCFC networks. It’s apparent why North America has adopted NACS. In Australia, the story is completely different. The Tesla community is superior, however solely marginally so and we’ve turned to at all times utilizing PlugShare to take a look at different choices after we’re driving the Mannequin Y. Anyway, the Mercedes navigation and charging system is great. It plans for charging on the route and considers all obtainable charging choices prioritizing by cost pace, distance off route and present availability to reduce charging time. The automotive prices at a max pace of 170 kW and takes half-hour to go from 10–80%.”
The Mercedes-Benz supply expertise was a bit of completely different to that offered by Tesla: “We selected supply at Mercedes-Benz Sunshine Coast in Maroochydore. We have been assigned Klarah Cassar-Tan to handle the supply. She did an ideal job answering our questions and maintaining us up-to-date as we waited for the automotive to clear customs & biosecurity in Sydney. It arrived at Maroochydore, Queensland in late-July and we had what I consider as a typical high-end automotive supply expertise. We had about an hour on the retailer going by the options with Klarah earlier than lastly setting off on our personal. The Mannequin Y was delivered in Brisbane per week later and was a primary expertise — we obtained pleasant assist pairing our telephones to the automotive, obtained just a few questions answered, and we have been on our manner.
“The electrical Mercedes EQE is a heavy automotive (2500 kg) with shocking energy, nice suspension and a really positive really feel in any circumstances. I take pleasure in driving it as a lot as our first Tesla, a 2012 P85 that we purchased utilized in 2014, however to make sure the Mercedes has what I consider as superior construct high quality & supplies. The seat consolation is extra to my liking and it might cool the seat, which is superior! It’s quiet, doesn’t have any rattles, and provides a wonderful expertise whether or not driving for enjoyable or commuting. The Mannequin Y has the very best construct high quality of any Tesla we’ve owned because the unique P85. It feels strong.
“The Mercedes MBUX (Mercedes Benz Person Expertise) is a very completely different philosophy than Tesla. There are many buttons, all designed to assist the motive force maintain palms on wheel and eyes on street. Most options will be carried out both with the buttons and the remaining by the voice assistant. However to make sure, it’s a really completely different expertise than Tesla. After nearly ten years of largely driving Teslas, it took just a few hours sitting with the automotive to seek out all of the settings and get them configured the way in which I need. On prime of that, the screens in entrance of the motive force in addition to the head-up show will be custom-made for the present driving want, whether or not that’s navigation, deciding on music or wanting on the automotive’s telemetry. Oh, and there’s CarPlay & Android Auto which are properly built-in and primarily keep within the background until you want them. You should utilize the Mercedes navigation system or Apple’s (or Waze for that matter) and the automotive shows any of them correctly. I like having the ability to use the Zoom app for my convention calls and to have the ability to management them with out having to the touch my telephone.”
“The Mercedes has a plethora of driver help options, from collision avoidance, to adaptive cruise management that works in stop-and-go site visitors, to parking house monitoring & parking help. All of them work properly & some are superior to Tesla’s system — specifically, there are fewer false alerts in cruise management. It doesn’t have something like FSD. I’ve about 60K km expertise with FSD beta within the US and I miss a few of that performance, particularly on the freeway, the place I discovered the system rock-solid apart from the occasional false alerts. Apart from demoing the system, I by no means used FSD on metropolis streets, because it was mainly unusable with out fixed intervention.”
The Mercedes-Benz and Tesla apps provide related performance. The electrical Mercedes has a variety map that estimates how far the automotive can journey on its present cost. “The EQE has a five-star Euro NCAP ranking and scores proper behind Tesla Mannequin Y & S amongst EVs within the total scores. (Fourth place amongst all automobiles. A petroleum-powered Lexus NX snuck into the third spot.)
“I don’t assume many individuals are shopping for the EQE for its environmental credentials, however the automotive does have some attention-grabbing options, together with being constructed from largely recycled steel in a carbon-neutral manufacturing facility. It has a number of leather-based within the greater trim ranges, however cloth is an non-compulsory materials.”
There are some issues concerning the EQE53 that annoy Rick. He lists the next: “There’s a Begin/Cease button and also you really have to cease the automotive otherwise you get an alert if you attempt to get out. Some software program updates are OTA, however the main ones appear to require service and you’ll’t simply request them — that you must have a service problem that requires the improve. There is no such thing as a frunk (and no HEPA filter, which is ostensibly the explanation for no frunk, nevertheless it’s solely obtainable for LHD automobiles). Obligatory service (no concept what can be performed then). The dashcam must be enabled for every drive. Some options are mysteriously lacking from Australian automobiles (such because the HEPA filter, seat therapeutic massage, a lowered variety of audio system within the sound system, noise discount within the glass together with some on-line providers not provided in Australia). Some elements of the UX are designed for LHD automobiles and issues like confirmations and shut containers require a protracted attain to the highest left of the display.”
Once we had the chance to take a seat within the automotive, Majella seen that the one cameras that recorded have been for the ahead going through dashcam.
Rick belongs to each the Mercedes-Benz Membership Australia and Tesla Homeowners Membership of Australia teams. “We’ve got been to enjoyable native occasions. We haven’t begun bringing the Tesla to Mercedes occasions (or vice versa) but.” He has promised me that he’ll present suggestions of the automotive house owners’ reactions to the electrical Mercedes — I feel that will make an ideal follow-up article.
The Sunshine Coast of Queensland with large open areas and contemporary sea breezes is a far cry from smoggy Dallas–Fort Value. Welcome house, and thanks for lowering your tailpipe emissions!
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