FAST FIVE: Is Mercedes Intentionally Detuning Its EVs To Charge $1,200 Yearly "Acceleration" Fee

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It's available for all upcoming EQ electric models that will “improvement in acceleration of 0.8 to 1.0 seconds (0-60 MPH).”  According to The Drive, the performance improvements will only cost owners $1,200 a year.

Here's what owners get:  Mercedes-EQ EQE 350 4MATIC (from 288 horsepower to 349 horsepower/0-60 mph from 6.0 to 5.1 seconds) Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV 350 4MATIC (from 288 horsepower to 349 horsepower/0-60 mph from 6.2 to 5.2 seconds) Mercedes-EQ EQS 450 4MATIC (from 355 horsepower to 443 horsepower/0-60 mph from 5.3 to 4.5 seconds) Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV 4MATIC (from 355 horsepower to 443 horsepower/0-60 mph from 5.8 to 4.9 seconds) Is it worth it.

This might prove that Mercedes intentionally detuned the EQ models to allow such a subscription.  This comes several months after BMW introduced the ConnectedDrive Store, a portal for existing owners can download various apps over the air to upgrade features on their vehicle, similar to how Tesla offers upgraded Autopilot subscriptions for a hefty monthly fee.  However, BMW sparked social media uproar by charging an $18 monthly subscription in some countries for owners to use heated seats already installed in the vehicle.  Subscription fees appear to be the new normal for the automotive industry to slap customers with to unlock extra technology or performance even though the vehicles already have capabilities.

These fees sound like a scam.  The internet wasn't too thrilled about this…, The most ridiculous part of this is that if you purchase the vehicle, you shouldn't have to spend any additional money on performance for the BASE vehicle.

– Tyler Sloboda (@A_Username_Here) November 24, 2022 In case anyone forgot this is “their” plan for us pic.twitter.com/O0MCBRmhVn – A man has no name (@CaptainPree) November 24, 2022 Microtransactions have come to destroy everything we enjoy https://t.co/oK7uiRsZhI – Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) November 24, 2022 Imagine your airbags won't deploy because you missed a subscription payment – BalaSiva (@L3VIfps) November 24, 2022 This type of stuff should be made illegal before it's too late and we're paying to use our seatbelts – AxoLofa (@AxoLofa) November 24, 2022 Tyler Durden Thu, 11/24/2022 – 20:55.

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