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At Mercedes, a paid subscription to increase the power of its electric car

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In the United States, Mercedes will set up a paid subscription system to increase the power of its high-end electric models.

Want more power on your American Mercedes EQS SUV?  You will have to pay
Want more power on your American Mercedes EQS SUV? You will have to pay

Automakers already use paid subscription systems to unlock certain features and other capabilities that are pre-installed as standard in their vehicles. In some countries, for example, it is possible to add comfort equipment or digital functions by paying a small amount of money each month.

In the United States, Mercedes-Benz is going even further in this concept with the implementation of the “Acceleration Increase” option, displayed at an annual price of 1,200 dollars excluding taxes for all electric vehicles in the EQ range. The promise of this option? Improve accelerations from 0.8 to 1 second thanks to an increase in powertrain performance. Its power then increases by 20 to 24% depending on the models concerned. The EQE 350 goes from 292 to 354 horsepower and the EQS 450 4 Matic jumps from 360 to 449 horsepower. The latter gains for example 8 tenths of a second on the exercise of 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) once the option purchased.

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The option should arrive in the Mercedes catalog very soon in the United States. It obviously seems a bit stingy to us, since customers pay a high price for a car programmed to limit its power and performance. Admittedly, the selling price of the car includes the performance displayed on its technical data sheet and the option simply offers to improve them further. But with the generalization of electric cars where simple software modifications make it possible to increase the capacities of the powertrains, the manufacturers will undoubtedly be able to have a field day at this level…

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