Mercedes-Benz has new finalized pricing on its vexing “Acceleration Increase” subscriptionthat can eke out more electric performance — without any physical modification — from the automaker’s current EQE and EQS EV models, .
Mercedes-Benz hadthe subscription at $1,200 per year, but now it’s been reduced a bit to a slightly-less-unreasonable rate. The automaker is also letting you pay a one-time fee of $1,950 on the EQE and $2,950 on the EQS to unlock the Acceleration Increase permanently.
The unlock increases acceleration and power output to the motors by 20 to 24 percent, according to Mercedes-Benz. The EQE’s 215kW total output increases to 260kW, and its 0–60 mph time decreases to 5.1 seconds (from 6) for the sedan and 5.2 seconds (from 6.2) on the SUV. Meanwhile, the EQS goes from 265kW to 330kW and decreases its 0–60 mph to 4.5 seconds (from 5.3) and 4.9 seconds (from 5.8) on the SUV.
For those who do choose the monthly subscription, they’d be paying the same as a full unlock in just under three years of owning either vehicle. It seems that Mercedes-Benz’s monthly subscription pricing model is designed for customers who are leasing the vehicle for a short period or only want to show off the performance temporarily while taking visiting friends or family on joy rides.
The era of automakers adding monthly subscriptions and microtransactions to vehicles is becoming. Tesla was early to selling such options when it offered a $3,250 unlock to of some older Model S vehicles. More recently, there have been cars that are subject to software locks and subscriptions from Tesla and BMW, respectively.
The EQS and EQE aren’t the only artificially nerfed electric cars to offer paid unlocks. Polestarfor a boost, and Tesla also has a performance unlock for its EVs. But if you really want a quick EV and you’re willing to pay over $100,000 for an EQS already, you have quicker options in the Tesla Model S Plaid or the of the EQS.