Mercedes-Benz Developing Rival Vehicle to the Tesla Model S
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is working on a battery electric vehicle set to rival the Tesla Model S. During an interview with Germany’s auto motor und sport, Mercedes development head Thomas Weber revealed that Mercedes is currently developing an answer to the Tesla Model S. This vehicle has gone largely unrivaled for most of its production life.
Weber said the upcoming electric vehicle will have an all electric range of approximately 400-500 kilometer. He added that Mercedes’ electric vehicle architecture is being developed on a modular platform, meaning it will be able to underpin vehicles of varying types and sizes. Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to Tesla, having acquired a 9.1 percent stake in the California-based automaker in 2009.
Mercedes even used Tesla batteries in its B-Class Electric Drive. However, the two companies parted ways in 2014.
The Model S became the first electric car to top the monthly new car sales ranking in any country, twice leading in Norway, in September and again in December 2013. It ranked as the world’s best selling plug-in electric vehicle in 2015, up from second best in 2014. The Model S also ranked as the top selling plug-in electric car in the U.S. in 2015.