Mercedes electric SUV concept is taking direct aim at Tesla

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The “Generation EQ” is expected to be priced just under $40,000USD right around $39,150USD which looks to be competitive pricing.

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular as each year goes by. Tesla, Toyota, BMW, Chevy, and others are all working on electric vehicle projects. Now this Mercedes electric SUV concept wants to join the party. The Mercedes electric SUV is being dubbed the “Generation EQ” and the company considers it a “close-to-production concept vehicle.” The vehicle is expected to be released in 2019 and it certainly has a very luxurious look about it. The range on the Mercedes electric SUV is said to be up to 310 miles with a total power output of 300 kW.

Acceleration is said to be 0-62mph in 5 seconds, not bad for a heavy SUV. The “Generation EQ” is expected to be priced just under $40,000USD right around $39,150USD which looks to be competitive pricing. The interior of the SUV is most certainly futuristic with a massive display and touch controls on the steering wheel. The Mercedes comes with some autonomous features but nothing like Tesla’s AutoPilot and perhaps that was done on purpose. With all the controversy surrounding AutoPilot, Mercedes is probably opting to wait on that technology until it is more refined.

The car is part of Mercedes’ efforts to ramp up its electric car offerings. Daimler’s chief development officer, Thomas Weber, said in May that Mercedes-Benz was aiming to add four new electric cars to its model range by 2020.

It is nice to see more manufacturers working on electric car programs and it will be interesting to see how it all pans out. Autonomous features are another big thing that will be interesting to watch develop. The infrastructure still needs to be worked on for every car to be truly autonomous but I’m sure if companies can get their act together, it will happen eventually.

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  Source: Business Insider
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