Has Tesla Distorted the EV Market?

Everyone wants to have their cake and to eat it, too.

And said cake will be delicious. And although said cake will have an exceedingly high number of calories (after all, it is delicious), there will be no added weight to everyone who eats their cake.

Are electric vehicles ecologically oriented or are they performance vehicles?

Well, given that performance numbers are something that Tesla has been able to post, many people think both.

Of course, going Plaid also means going to the Supercharger more frequently. And the electricity that comes out of the units doesn’t get generated by magic.

Still, people are snapping up Teslas to the extent that the traditional purveyors or luxury vehicles can only look on with sublimated horror and try to determine what it is that they can do to get their piece of the market.

And the answer seems to be to opt for performance.

Nice green background, eh? (Image: Mercedes)

Or as Philipp Schiemer, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, puts it about the forthcoming Mercedes-AMG EQE sedan:

“With the new model, we are expanding our range with a purely electrically powered performance vehicle and are thus addressing additional target groups. The AMG EQE focuses on sportiness and impressive driving dynamics. And that’s not the end of our Future of Driving Performance: After performance hybrids and all-electric AMG derivatives based on EVA2, stand-alone AMG electric vehicles will follow in the not too distant future. These are based on AMG.EA, our new, completely in-house-developed platform.”

The Mercedes-AMG EQE with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package produces 677 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. It is said to be able to go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 149 mph.

Mercedes has AMG in its portfolio, so it might as well use it wherever and whenever it can.

What’s more, there is something to be said for getting more electric vehicles on the road so as to increase the public’s level of comfort with the technology.

And while the two permanently excited synchronous motors that the car uses are certainly more efficient than an equivalent gasoline engine would be, let’s face it: The only green this car is about is the color of the traffic signal when the accelerator is mashed.

Perhaps the person who buys an AMG EQE can feel noble about their environmental footprint. Perhaps.

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