Already bored of your EV’s neck-snapping acceleration, or wishing you’d shelled out for a extra highly effective model? That isn’t drawback for North American Mercedes consumers who will quickly be capable to “tune” their vehicles via an official “Acceleration Enhance” subscription program. However Mercedes house owners within the UK and Europe gained’t be supplied the facility increase improve, a Mercedes UK spokesman confirmed to Carscoops.
“The characteristic you might be inquiring about relates solely to Mercedes-Benz fashions in the USA and Canada. This isn’t obtainable within the UK and Europe on the present time,” the Mercedes consultant informed us.
For an annual price of $1,200 (£993), North American house owners accessing the Acceleration Enhance service can increase their EV’s output by 20-24 p.c. The improve will increase the output of a 350-badged Mercedes EV from 288 hp (215 kW / 292 PS) to 349 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and pumps the 450’s muscle tissue from 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS) to 443 hp (330 kW / 449 PS). The characteristic is obtainable on each sedan and SUV variations of Mercedes’ EQE and EQS electrical vehicles.
“The torque can also be elevated, enabling your car to speed up noticeably quicker and extra powerfully,” explains the blurb on Mercedes-Benz USA’s web site. “This shortens the time it takes to speed up from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) by round 0.8 to 0.9 seconds. This extra output is obtainable in all Dynamic Choose drive applications.”
The precise enchancment in acceleration varies relying on mannequin. Whereas an EQS450 sedan’s zero to 60 mph determine falls from 5.3 seconds to 4.5 seconds, the EQE350 SUV’s stoplight numbers drop by a complete second, from 6.2 seconds to five.2 seconds.
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It’s not but clear whether or not the choice to not supply the subscription in Europe is right down to a regulatory situation, a guaranty or insurance coverage complication, or just a advertising choice. Regardless of the motive, you may think about it payback for all these years within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties when American consumers had been caught with low-power, emissions-strangled variations of the vehicles obtainable to their European cousins.
Merc’s luxurious rival, BMW, already presents a seat heating subscription in Europe, although many drivers suppose it’s unfair that they’re being requested to pay to make use of tools that was already fitted to their automotive when it was constructed.