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For 3.28 euros per day, your electric Mercedes suddenly goes faster

If it’s up to Mercedes, a traffic light sprint will never be the same again. For the equivalent of 1200 euros per year, your Mercedes EQE or EQS gets extra power. Not by sending a tuner, but via an app.

Paying for use instead of ownership is becoming more and more common. Netflix, Spotify, a private lease car, your mobile phone, a subscription to a Nio ET7. BMW caused a sensation in the summer of 2022 by experimenting with a subscription to comfort functions. For example, you pay 19 euros per month for a subscription to heated seats.

Pay to listen to the radio in the car

Tesla happily participates in this trend, but has already passed the experimental phase. After eight years, Dutch Tesla owners will pay a monthly fee for the Standard feature package, which includes not only the navigation system, but even the radio. Do you have to pay to listen to the radio? That is not yet known, but you should not rule it out. Maybe Elon Musk will run his hand over his heart if you give him a thumbs up on Twitter…

A faster electric Mercedes? that would be $1200

Now Mercedes is also entering the subscription battle in the United States. It will not ask for money for heated seats or the voice of Astrid Kersseboom on the Radio 1 Journaal, but for more power on its electric models EQE, EQE SUV, EQS and EQS SUV. For that you have to pay 1200 dollars a year (about 1200 euros). You used to have to go to a tuner for that, but now it is arranged with a digital update.

As frugal Dutchmen we immediately think: this one Acceleration Enhance-service must be very spectacular for such an amount. Will you beat the Tesla Model S Plaid, which sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.1 seconds? We would probably pay 100 euros a month for that.

One second faster for more than 3 euros per day

But the reality is less spectacular. By adjusting the engine management, power and torque, the electric Mercedes sprint from 0 to 100 km / h faster from 0 to 100 km / h, depending on the model.

What does that mean in practice? The power of the Mercedes EQE 350 4Matic increased from 288 hp to 348 hp. Forget that your Tesla will make life miserable. Instead of 6 seconds, you are on the road for the sprint from 0 to 100 in 5.1 seconds. The gain is comparable with the EQE SUV, where the sprint is completed in 6.2 seconds instead of 5.2 seconds. And that will cost you 3.28 euros per day.

With the larger Mercedes EQS 450 4Matic and Mercedes EQS SUV 450 4Matic, the power jumps from 355 to 442 hp after the update. As a result, you are of course faster on the sprint: the sedan does it in 4.5 instead of 5.3 seconds. The sprint time of the SUV plummets from 5.8 to 4.9 seconds. We are very curious how the Mercedes buyer will entice the customers to opt for this update …

Just like a smartphone

Although this power update is only possible in the US, get used to it. Electric cars are running software packages and thanks to over-the-air updates it’s a piece of cake to add new features to your car. Just like with your mobile phone. Let the update run overnight and your car can suddenly do things it couldn’t do before. But does it always make sense…

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