Mercedes Offers EV ‘Acceleration Increase’ Upgrade for $1,200 Per Year
Automakers are shifting toward offering subscription-based feature upgrades like Tesla, with Mercedes now selling a boost feature for a yearly charge.
Mercedes-Benz announced a $1,200 per year upgrade for what it calls an “acceleration increase,” cutting up to a second off of its EQ vehicles’ acceleration times, according to a report from The Drive.
The improved 0-60mph times are below for the following Mercedes EVs, as noted by the publication:
- Mercedes-EQ EQE 350 4MATIC (from 288 horsepower to 349 horsepower/0-60 mph from 6.0 to 5.1 seconds)
- Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV 350 4MATIC (from 288 horsepower to 349 horsepower/0-60 mph from 6.2 to 5.2 seconds)
- Mercedes-EQ EQS 450 4MATIC (from 355 horsepower to 443 horsepower/0-60 mph from 5.3 to 4.5 seconds)
- Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV 4MATIC (from 355 horsepower to 443 horsepower/0-60 mph from 5.8 to 4.9 seconds)
The upgrade is available to buyers of the Mercedes EQ lineup, though crucially, many of the features no longer include tangible updates — as pricey add-ons did before the era of the electric vehicle (EV).
Instead, auto buyers now purchase vehicles with certain features locked or unlocked, which the automaker can enable or disable remotely.
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The result looks a lot like Tesla’s acceleration boost and track mode upgrades, or its subscription-based Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta upgrade, which costs $15,000 per year in the U.S.
Another set of examples are BMW’s upgrades for heated seats ($18 per month), or its upgrade purchases for adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and even range capabilities.
We’ve long seen in-app purchase upgrades for gaming and apps, and now they’re moving to our connected electric vehicles, it seems. Time to open your wallet, folks.