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Mercedes-Benz EQE

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The technical pioneer of the Mercedes EQE is the electrically powered luxury sedan EQS. In simpler terms, everything that has been developed for the EQS in terms of technology now also benefits those in a lower price class.

There are other differences between the two cars of course but the drive is pretty similar. The first difference is the engine; the EQE comes with a 180 kW electric motor on the rear axle with a 100 kWh battery.

The Mercedes EQE’s wheelbase is nine centimetres shorter than the EQS and it has the advantage of being lighter. In this respect, it is not surprising that the Mercedes EQE has a range of up to 639 kilometres according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

As usual with the large Mercedes, this typical Mercedes driving experience immediately sets in when you get to the wheel of the EQE. It has comfortable suspension, and the tyres roll smoothly.

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Thanks to its 400-volt technology, the EQE can be charged with a maximum of 200 kW. Mercedes has yet to announce the charging times, but they should be at the same level of EQS, which can draw electricity for up to 300 kms in around 15 minutes.

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Answer quick questions about your home and electric vehicle and send us photos of your switchboard and preferred charger location.

We’ll assess this information and determine the best charging solutions for you.

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Receive an obligation-free quote within one business day. Our quotes include a recommended EV charger based on our assessment of your home as well as two alternative EV chargers for you to choose from. All options include the delivery, installation and activation of the EV charger quoted at a fixed pricing — making it easy for you to choose.

We also have an installation only service for homeowners looking to have an existing EV charger installed and activated by a technician.


Book in a day and time for your installation. If you ordered your EV charger with revcharge, you will receive it before this date. If you have an existing charger you want installed, just let your technician know when booking an installation date.

Once the EV charger is in place, the technician can also help you connect any apps for the charger and show you how to use them.

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No call out costs, no quote costs, no surprises! Our comprehensive yet streamlined quotation process means that by asking the right questions, we collect all information required to properly scope your installation and offer you a fixed quote.

Installed Within The Week

We usually install EV chargers within 5 of your charger arriving. You’ll be charging your EV at home in no time! If you have preferred days or times, let our team know when you request a quote, and we’ll do our best to work around your schedule.

The Right EV Charger Solution For You

We’ll ask you questions about your home, electric vehicle and lifestyle to determine the best EV charger solutions for you. With our range of tethered and untethered chargers available, starting from 1500 (incl GST) fully installed, we have solutions that will work for all EV owners. If you already own a charger, we offer complete installation activation from 750 (incl GST).

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Each EV charger on offer has been carefully evaluated for its performance. As for our installers, they are licensed A-grade electricians, publicly insured, comply with Australian standards and have undergone additional accreditation and training.

Connect It To Your Solar Battery

We offer Smart Chargers for EV owners that are also looking to reduce their home electricity bills. These chargers can connect to your home solar system and battery, and are set up to charge your EV on either grid, self-generated or stored energy. See our range of chargers and accessories.

Frequently asked questions

with a home charger?

For the Mercedes-Benz EQE, the average charge per hour is 50 kms. This is based on a regular home charger at 7kw. The exact range depends on your home electrics, your car’s specifications, your power input (i.e. solar or battery) and the type of charger you choose (e.g. single or three phase).

‍revcharge reviews all of this info when recommending home charger options to you, to give you an accurate range of kms added per hour of charge. Why not fill out the form here to find out which charging system is right for you? You can also check out the range of our chargers on our shop page here.

What EV charger brands do you typically recommend?

We stock a range of different EV charging systems from the following brands:

Which brand and model is right for you depends on a range of individual circumstances. Why not fill out the form here to find out which charging system is right for you? You can also check out the range of our chargers on our shop page here.

How does the process work with revcharge?

We help you decide on the right EV charger and take away the headache of getting it installed. Our unique three step process is as follows:

Answer: After you fill out a quote request form, you’ll be sent a text message to complete your request on your smartphone. This will include taking and sending photos of your switchboard, desired charger location and more. All of these questions have been carefully curated to ensure we provide you with a fixed-quote.

Choose: Our quotes include a recommended EV charger based on our assessment of your home as well as two alternative EV chargers for you to choose from. All options include the delivery, installation and activation of the EV charger quoted at a fixed price — making it easy for you to choose. We also have an installation only service for homeowners looking to have an existing EV charger installed and activated by a technician.

Install: We’ll then send you an invoice for payment. If you ordered your EV charger with revcharge, you will receive it before this date. If you have an existing charger you want installed, just let your technician know when booking your installation. Once the EV charger is in place, the installer can also help you connect any apps for the charger and show you how to use it.

We’ll also keep you well-informed throughout the entire process by email and text message, to make it as easy and seamless as possible.

The 4 Best Mercedes EQC Home Chargers reviewed | 2023

These are the 4 Home Chargers which we selected for the Mercedes EQC. We’ll be reviewing every aspect of each from charging speed to Smart features, plugs and connectors to help you decide which one is right for you.

Let’s have a look at each product in particular.

Wallbox Pulsar Plus – Level 2 EV Charging Station (48 Amp, 11 kW)

So here’s our first Mercedes-Benz EQC Home Charger, the Wallbox Pulsar Plus. Now it is important to note that this one is available both in Europe and North America. The american version comes with a Type 1 J1772 connector while the european version will have the Type 2 Mennekes connector. We’ll FOCUS on the US version for now which comes in 2 versions: a 40-Amp which can deliver 9.6 kW of power and comes with a NEMA 14-50 connector and a 48-Amp version which can deliver up to 11.5 kW of power but can’t be plugged into any outlet and thus needs to be hardwired.

One of the Wallbox’s strongest points is the fact that it has a host of Smart features including the ability to do power sharing, schedule charging times, charge only when your solar panels are producing excess unused energy and we didn’t even get to the smartphone app. That one allows you to keep track of your costs, how much energy you have used but it also provides some real-time info on the current amperage, actual amount of power delivered together with the battery status. The charger comes with 2 types of connectivity, Wi-Fi and bluetooth.

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Every Wallbox comes with a 3-Year warranty and it has an IP54 rating which means you can install it outside, it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a garage. The charging won’t stop because of heavy rain or snow.

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Juice Booster 2 – Portable EV Charger (32 Amp)

Then there is our next Home Charger for the Mercedes Benz EQC which is the Juice Booster 2. Now this one is different, first because it is portable and second because it is an EU-charger only. You should FOCUS on this one if you live in Europe and it is worth it because it is one of the best rated chargers on the continent. It can deliver 32 Amps of current and depending on whether it is plugged to a single-phase power source or a three-phase (For which it has a connector by default) it will deliver 11 kW respectively 22 kW to your EV. Now because the on-board charger of this Mercedes EV is limited to 11 kW, you won’t be able to access its full potential.

The idea with the Juice Booster is that they wanted to make a charger which is highly durable. You can run it over with your car, it can sit in a puddle of rain or under heavy snow and it will still continue to charge because it has an IP67 rating. That’s unheard of usually, very few EV chargers have this kind of capability. But it doesn’t really fare well on the Smart front because there is no connectivity or Smart features. But the good news is that if you want to do things like charge scheduling, you should be able to do it from the Mercedes Me Connect platform.

Instead the manufacturer focused on another key aspect and that is flexibility and compatibility with mostly every outlet or every car out there. The idea is that you can order it with a host of outlet connectors or plugs and there are different bundles to choose from depending on your needs and budget. The most expensive package is the master traveler set which has so many charge connectors and adapters that you most likely can charge your Mercedes-Benz EQC anywhere on the planet. The Juice Booster 2 has extremely good customer ratings and fares well on the satisfaction front but it is backed up anyway by a 2-Year warranty.

c – EV Charging Station (32 Amp)

But now it’s back to home chargers for the Mercedes EQC which are wall mounted and here we have the c Charging Station, one which you’ll be able to find on Amazon in North America and Europe. It can deliver 32-Amps of current and thus 7.68 kW. Now this will max out the on-board charger’s maximum charging rate for single-phase current but it is enough to charge the entire battery overnight in spite of its impressive 85 kWh battery capacity.

This EQC charging station comes with a Type 2 Mennekes connector in Europe and a J1772 connector in North America. Both versions come with a 20 ft. charging cable (6.1 meters). The european version can’t be plugged into an outlet though and you need to hardwire it while the US version will come with a NEMA 14-50 plug. There are 2 versions, you can get the c with Smart features which implies Wi-Fi connectivity and a smartphone app or the standard version which doesn’t have any of these.

Every c wall charger is IP66 rated and is backed up by a 1-Year warranty.

ChargePoint Home Flex – Level 2 EV Charging Station (16-50 Amp)

So now let’s look at the ChargePoint Home Flex. This is the last Mercedes EQC Home Charger which we’ll be reviewing. This is a North-America only charger so only consider this if you live in US or Canada (At least at the time of writing). It is a Level 2 50-Amp charger which can deliver up to 12 kW to your electric vehicle. Indeed, you may have noticed that its specs far outweigh what the on-board charger can take on the Mercedes-Benz however it is worth considering because it has plenty of Smart charging features, probably one of the most polished smartphone apps in the EV Charging space and very good customer ratings. For example, you can literally ask the phone using your voice how much it cost to charge the EQC last month. What is also interesting is that the same app used for home charging is also used to access the public networks that ChargePoint has installed all over the globe.

Because of its public charging network, ChargePoint might actually be the most recognizable brand in the field. Now to connect to your car, it uses a charging cable which is 23 feet long and has a J1772 connector. The downside with this one is that is recommended you install it only indoors since it only has a NEMA 3R rating so you don’t get the best water protection. It does come with a 3-Year warranty and 24/7 customer service.

If you found this info useful, have a look at our other articles on the best chargers to use for the entire EQ Electric line like the EQS Sedan or the EQE suv.

What Are The Different Levels Of Electric Vehicle Charging?

We’ve been refueling our cars with gasoline for more than a hundred years. There’s a few variants to choose from: regular, mid-grade or premium gasoline, or diesel. However, the refueling process is relatively straightforward, everybody understands how it’s done, and it’s completed in about five minutes.

However, with electric vehicles, refueling—the recharging process—isn’t quite as simple, or as quick. There’s a number of reasons why that’s so, such as the fact that every electric vehicle can accept different amounts of power. There are also different types of connectors used, but most importantly, there are different levels of EV charging that determine how long it takes to charge an EV.

Charging levels and charging times apply to EVs and plug-in hybrids, but not to traditional hybrids. Hybrids are charged by regeneration or by the engine, not by an external charger.

Three Levels of EV Charging

There are three levels of EV charging; Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 3 is broken into DC Fast Charging and (Tesla) Supercharging. The higher the level of charging, the faster the charging process, as more power is delivered to the vehicle. It’s important to note that different EVs charge at different speeds on each level, because each EV can accept different levels of power from the EVSE, industry-speak for electric vehicle supply equipment, the charger.

When an electric vehicle is plugged in, there’s a communication process before the charger is energized. Basically, the car asks the charger how much power it can deliver, and then the car calls for the maximum amount of power that the station can deliver and the vehicle can accept.

The car always determines how much power it accepts, so there’s no need to worry about plugging into a charging station that can deliver more power than your EV can handle. The car will not allow the charger to deliver too much power.

Level 1 Charging: 120-Volt

Connectors Used: J1772, TeslaCharging Speed: 3 to 5 Miles Per HourLocations: Home, Workplace Public

Level 1 charging uses a common 120-volt household outlet. Every electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid can be charged on Level 1 by plugging the charging equipment into a regular wall outlet. Level 1 is the slowest way to charge an EV. It adds between 3 and 5 miles of range per hour.

Level 1 charging works well for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) because they have smaller batteries, currently less than 25 kWh. Since EVs have much larger batteries, Level 1 charging is too slow for most daily charging, unless the vehicle isn’t needed to drive very far on a daily basis. Most BEV owners find that Level 2 charging better suits their daily charging needs.

Level 2 Charging: 208-Volt to 240-Volt

Connectors Used: J1772, TeslaCharging Speed: 12 to 80 Miles Per HourLocations: Home, Workplace Public

Level 2 charging is the most commonly used level for daily EV charging. Level 2 charging equipment can be installed at home, at the workplace, as well as in public locations like shopping plazas, train stations and other destinations. Level 2 charging can replenish between 12 and 80 miles of range per hour, depending on the power output of the Level 2 charger, and the vehicle’s maximum charge rate.

Most BEV owners choose to install Level 2 charging equipment at their residence, because it charges the vehicle up to 10 times faster than Level 1 charging. Charging from a Level 2 source usually means the vehicle will be completely charged overnight, even if you plugged with a nearly empty battery.

Level 2 chargers can deliver up to 80 amps of power. But that requires a 100-amp 208-240V dedicated circuit and a heavy, costly supply line from the breaker box. Most owners will be well served choosing a 40-amp charger that can deliver 9.6 kW to the EV. A 48-amp charger can charge slightly faster at 11.5 kW, but requires a heavier gauge wire and the charger must be hardwired to comply with the NEC code. Therefore, 48-amp chargers can cost significantly more than a 40-amp unit and offer only marginally faster charging.

Level 3 Charging: 400-Volt to 900-Volt (DC Fast Charge Supercharging)

Connectors Used: Combined Charging System (Combo), CHAdeMO TeslaCharging Speed: 3 to 20 Miles Per MinuteLocations: Public

Level 3 charging is the fastest type of charging available and can recharge an EV at a rate of 3 to 20 miles of range per minute. Unlike Level 1 and Level 2 charging that uses alternating current (AC), Level 3 charging uses direct current (DC). The voltage is also much higher than Level 1 2 charging, which is why you don’t see level 3 chargers installed at home. Very few residential locations have the high-voltage supply that is required for level 3 charging.

Additionally, DC Fast Chargers cost tens of thousands of dollars. So even if your residence has 400-volt electricity service, the cost to install the charger would most likely cost more than your EV. Tesla calls their Level 3 chargers Superchargers; others are called DC Fast Chargers. Current Nissan EVs use a third specification, CHAdeMO.

EV Charging Levels FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do all EVs use the same connector?

In North America, all EVs except Tesla use the same connector for Level 1 and Level 2 charging, called J1772 or the “J-Plug.” For Level 3 charging there are three standards currently in use. Tesla uses its proprietary plug, Nissan and Mitsubishi use the Asian standard called CHAdeMO, and all other manufacturers use the Combined Charging System, CCS or “Combo” plug. However, Nissan recently announced they will be switching to the Combo plug for Level 3 charging in their new EVs in North America and Europe beginning later in 2021.

Can I install a Level 2 charger in my home?

Most homes in the US can add a circuit for a Level 2 charger without the need to upgrade the service. A Level 2 charger needs a dedicated 240-volt circuit like that of an electric clothes dryer or electric kitchen range. In some instances, you can even share the existing circuit that powers the electric clothes dryer with your Level 2 EV charger if it’s located in your garage, or nearby.

How much does it cost to install a Level 2 charger?

Level 2 chargers cost between 250 and 1,000, depending on the power and features available. Installation typicaly range from 200 to 1,000, and into the thousands if you require a service upgrade to add the additional circuit needed. It’s wise to consult the advice of a licensed electrician before purchasing an EV, so you know exactly how much it will cost to install the home charging equipment in advance. A federal tax credit can offset up to 30% of the cost of buying and installing a charger. It’s effective through the end of 2021.

What level is the charge cable that came with my car? If I have that, do I need a charging unit in the garage or just a 240-volt outlet?

Every electric vehicle comes with a portable charger. Some are Level 1, some are Level 2 and others come with adapters that allow them to plug in and charge from both Level 1 and Level 2 outlets. Some units are all the owner will need to charge their EV, but others aren’t powerful enough and owners will want to buy a more powerful charger. You need to check the power output of the standard charger and see how it matches up with your charging needs, based on how many miles you drive in a typical day.

Can I charge my EV on a Tesla Supercharger?

No. Tesla Superchargers can only be used to charge Tesla vehicles. The Tesla Supercharger network is a proprietary network installed by Tesla for Tesla customers only.

Can I charge my Tesla on a non-Tesla DC Fast Charger in places where I wouldn’t find a Supercharger?

Yes. Tesla sells a 400 adapter that allows Tesla owners to plug into CHAdeMO DC fast chargers. Tesla also plans to sell a Combo adapter so Tesla owners can also access DC Fast chargers with the Combo standard. Tesla to Combo adapters are already available in Europe, but the North American Combo plug is slightly different, so a different adapter needed to be developed.

How much does it cost to charge on a Level 3 charger?

Level 3 chargers are operated by private charging networks, and the pricing varies greatly from network to network. Some bill the customer by how long the vehicle is connected to the charger, while others bill by how much energy was dispensed. Charging your EV on a level 3 charger will almost always cost much more than charging at home and can cost 2 to 3 times as much at some locations. At that point, the cost to drive on electricity is nearly the same as the cost to drive using gasoline although with lower total emissions.

Are there ways to get cheaper on L3 chargers? Can I join a club? Get volume discounts?

Most EV charging networks offer discounted charging if you join a monthly or yearly service plan that requires you to pay a fee. However, if you use the network more than once a month the savings usually more than cover the cost of the monthly membership.

If my automaker has an affiliation with an L3 charge service, does that give me a discount?

Many automakers offer discounted or even free charging for a number of years on a particular charging network. In some cases an EV can come with free unlimited charging for up to three years on a partner network. Always ask your dealership if any discounted or free charging plans come with the EV you’re considering.

Charging Level Power Delivery Range Added Per Hour Time to Charge 60 kWh EV
Level 1 1-1.4 kW 3-5 miles 30-40 hours
Level 2 3.9-19.2 kW 12-80 miles 2.5-4.5 hours
Level 3 24-300 kW 75-1,200 miles 30-40 minutes
Time to Charge EV with a 60-kWh battery is the time to raise the battery’s charge level from 10% to 80%

Range-added time for Level 3 chargers is often described in miles per minute (not hour) because of the speed (3-20 miles of range added per minute in this example). Level 3 charging rates (speeds) can vary considerably by vehicle, depending on the EV’s ability to accept power.

What are the different types of electric car chargers?

As we head into a world of electric cars, charging is the biggest concern for many first-time buyers. It makes sense. While the hype for electric cars themselves is arguably justified, the biggest drawback is the fact that you have to charge them, and right now, that can be a bit of a hassle.

That’s not only because of the fact that you have to wait to charge — but also because of the fact that there are different types of electric car chargers, and you may not be able to charge an electric car with all of those different types.

Need a rundown? Here’s a look at the different types of electric car chargers.

Electric car charging speed types

There are three primary types of electric car charger speeds. They are often referred to as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 chargers. Here’s an overview of each type.

Level 1

Level 1 chargers use a standard 120-volt AC household outlet and provide charging through a vehicle’s onboard charger. They typically deliver 2 to 3 miles of range per hour of charging, making them suitable for overnight charging or for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) with smaller battery capacities. Level 1 charging is the slowest method of charging an electric vehicle (EV) but doesn’t require any special charging equipment beyond the charging cable supplied with the vehicle. If you lose it or want to upgrade, our guide to charging an EV at home includes some options with perks like longer cables and faster charging speeds.

Level 2

Level 2 chargers use a 240-volt AC power source, similar to what is used for large household appliances like electric dryers. They are significantly faster than Level 1 chargers, providing 10 to 60 miles of range per hour of charging, depending on the vehicle and charger specifications. Level 2 chargers are commonly found in residential, workplace, and public charging stations, which you can find with the best apps for finding car charging stations.

Level 3

Level 3 chargers, also known as DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) or Rapid chargers, provide direct current (DC) charging at much higher power levels than Level 1 or Level 2 chargers. They can charge an EV up to 80% capacity in just 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the vehicle’s battery capacity and the charger’s power output. These chargers are commonly found along highways and in urban areas for longer trips or quick top-ups. If you’re wondering how much it costs to recharge an electric car at one of these stations, it varies significantly, but 20 to 30 is a reasonable estimate for many cars in many situations. Due to the power required, installing one at home isn’t an option.

Electric car charger plug types

Kia EV6 GT, it most likely has a CCS connector.


CHAdeMO is a DC fast charging standard developed in Japan and used by several automakers, including Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Kia. The CHAdeMO plug enables Rapid charging for compatible electric vehicles, primarily in Japan, the United States, and some European countries. It’s relatively uncommon, which can make it a strike against the few vehicles that use it, like Mitsubishi’s 2023 Outlander PHEV.

Tesla Proprietary Connector

Tesla uses its own proprietary connector for both AC and DC charging at its Supercharger network stations and Tesla Destination Chargers. In North America, Tesla vehicles come with this unique connector, while in Europe, they use a modified connector that is compatible with Tesla Superchargers and public charging stations.

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