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 […]

Mercedes G-Class Electric SUV to Debut in 2024

During a media roundtable earlier this week, Mercedes Chairman Ola Källenius said the company plans to unveil its first all-electric version of the premium G-Class SUV sometime in 2024 (via Autoblog). Källenius told the press that he already test-drove a prototype G-Class electric vehicle (EV) last fall at Mercedes’ testing facility in Graz, Austria. He […]

Rivian Partners with Mercedes on Electric Van Production

Rivian and Mercedes-Benz signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic partnership to produce electric vans, as detailed in a press release shared on Thursday. The joint venture will produce custom electric vans for both brands, with both automakers seeking leverage on shared investments and costs. Rivian and Mercedes are also looking to increase operational […]

Mercedes Launches EV Production in Alabama with EQS SUV

Mercedes on Thursday officially started manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. at its 6-million-square-foot assembly plant in Vance, Alabama — reports Automotive News. The German luxury automaker announced it is starting production with its first U.S.-made crossover, a battery-powered version of its GLS SUV, known as the EQS. It will be one of two […]

Volkswagen and Mercedes Sign Battery Supply Chain Deal with Canada

After news broke that Volkswagen and Mercedes would be signing a trade deal with Canada, an officially signed a memorandum of understanding to solidify tariff-free raw materials contracts was announced on Tuesday. The memorandum of understanding was signed on Tuesday in Toronto by Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess and Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry […]

Volkswagen, Mercedes Sign Raw Materials Trade Deals with Canada

Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are set to sign agreements with Canada to receive raw materials including lithium, nickel and cobalt without strict tariffs and tax regulations, according to sources familiar with the matter (via Bloomberg). U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration passed new rules for raw materials prioritizing local suppliers, thought to be a part of what […]

Mercedes Vision EQXX Electric Vehicle Hits 747 Miles on Single Charge

The Vision EQXX electric vehicle (EV) from Mercedes-Benz has set a new record for range, travelling 747 miles (1,202 km) from the company’s home base in Stuttgart, Germany to the Silverstone racetrack in the U.K. on a single charge — reports CNET. Mercedes’s Vision EQXX toppled its own previous record, which was 626.3 miles (1,007 […]

Mercedes-Benz Touts EQXX Prototype 1,000 km Test Drive on Single Charge

Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision EQXX electric vehicle (EV) with 621 miles of range, last year, and one executive from the automaker says the high range is part of the company’s focus on efficiency. The German automaker plans to produce EVs that consume just 10 kilowatt-hours of energy per 100 km (62 miles), in its 100-kilowatt/hour […]

Mercedes EQS Electric SUV Spotted Testing in California [VIDEO]

Mercedes-Benz has plans to launch six EQ electric vehicles (EVs) this year, and an upcoming SUV model has officially been spotted testing A pair of Mercedes EQS SUV units were seen testing in Southern California, with privacy wraps covering the EVs’ paint jobs, as spotted by Motor1 last week. In the video, originally from KindelAuto, […]

Mercedes Plans Level 3 Self-Driving Launch in U.S. in 2022, Says CEO

Mercedes-Benz is hoping to join the ranks of Honda and BMW in seeking out Level 3 self-driving, with the automaker expecting to unveil the system as soon as this year. Mercedes hopes to unveil Level 3 self-driving in U.S. markets in 2022, according to the automaker’s CEO Ola Kallenius (via Automotive News). On Thursday, Kallenius […]

Mercedes Acquires Stake in Luminar, Taps Lidar Sensors for Future Cars

Lidar startup Luminar announced a new automotive partnership with Mercedes-Benz on Thursday, in which the automaker will also gain a stake in the startup, according to Automotive News. The deal has Luminar producing its “Iris” lidar sensors for Mercedes-Benz’ automated highway driving assistance system, though it’s not clear as of yet when the technology will […]