Mercedes-Benz has new finalized pricing on its vexing “Acceleration Improve” subscription revealed last year that may eke out extra electrical efficiency — with none bodily modification — from the automaker’s present EQE and EQS EV fashions, Car and Driver reports.
Mercedes-Benz had initially set the subscription at $1,200 per yr, however now it’s been lowered a bit to a slightly-less-unreasonable price. The automaker can be letting you pay a one-time price of $1,950 on the EQE and $2,950 on the EQS to unlock the Acceleration Improve completely.
The unlock will increase acceleration and energy output to the motors by 20 to 24 p.c, in line with Mercedes-Benz. The EQE’s 215kW whole output will increase to 260kW, and its 0–60 mph time decreases to five.1 seconds (from 6) for the sedan and 5.2 seconds (from 6.2) on the SUV. In the meantime, the EQS goes from 265kW to 330kW and reduces its 0–60 mph to 4.5 seconds (from 5.3) and 4.9 seconds (from 5.8) on the SUV.
For many who do select the month-to-month subscription, they’d be paying the identical as a full unlock in just below three years of proudly owning both automobile. Evidently Mercedes-Benz’s month-to-month subscription pricing mannequin is designed for purchasers who’re leasing the automobile for a brief interval or solely wish to showcase the efficiency briefly whereas taking visiting buddies or household on pleasure rides.
The period of automakers including month-to-month subscriptions and microtransactions to autos is changing into a troubling trend. Tesla was early to promoting such choices when it supplied a $3,250 unlock to use the full battery capacity of some older Mannequin S autos. Extra lately, there have been automobiles with heated seats which can be topic to software program locks and subscriptions from Tesla and BMW, respectively.
The EQS and EQE aren’t the one artificially nerfed electrical automobiles to supply paid unlocks. Polestar offers a $1,195 one-time fee for a lift, and Tesla additionally has a efficiency unlock for its EVs. However when you actually need a fast EV and also you’re prepared to pay over $100,000 for an EQS already, you will have faster choices within the Tesla Mannequin S Plaid or the AMG version of the EQS.