Subscription services for various capabilities are becoming more common among electric car manufacturers. For example, Tesla’s autonomous driving function is subscription-based, and it’s impossible not to mention paid heated seats (BMW, by the way, this also applies). Mercedes also supports such initiatives, offering owners faster acceleration of the brand’s electric cars.
This service is called Acceleration Increase and works for EQE and EQS models. Without requiring any physical changes, such a subscription will increase acceleration by 20-24%.
So, the EQE will increase power from 215 to 260 kW (or from 288 to almost 350 hp), which will allow you to accelerate to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, which is almost a second faster than the sedan’s initial figures, and 5.2 seconds (initial — 6.2) for the SUV model. The EQS will be able to increase power from 265 to 330 kW (or from 355 to 443 hp), reducing the set speed from 0 to 100 km/h to 4.5 seconds (5.3 in the case of the sedan) and to 4.9 (5.8) seconds for the SUV.
As for prices, for the EQE 350 all-wheel drive sedan and the corresponding SUV, such pleasure will cost $60 per month or $600 per year. With the “senior” model EQS 450 (sedan/SUV), the cost of the subscription will be $90 per month or $900 per year. Such prices are cheaper than the originally announced annual amount of $1,200.
In addition, the manufacturer offers a one-time payment option with unlimited use of Acceleration Increase: $1950 for EQE and $2950 for EQS. For comparison, it is worth noting that an additional 68 hp. for Polestar 2, for example, with the same service will cost $1,195.