(ORDO NEWS) — Mercedes-Benz has blocked the full performance of some electric vehicles, forcing car owners to pay $1,200 a year.
The company claims that “increased acceleration will lead to increased performance” of its Mercedes-EQ EQE and Mercedes-EQ EQS vehicles, but this has also been criticized by many.
An acceleration subscription that the company says will allow cars to go from 0 to 60 mph a little faster, by about 1 second. This will reportedly only be available in the US.
The company claims that “increasing acceleration further enhances performance: the electronically increased engine power also increases torque significantly.”
“Fine tuning of the electric motors increases the maximum engine power KW of your Mercedes-EQ by 20-24 percent, depending on the original power from the factory.
Torque is also increased, allowing your car to accelerate noticeably faster and more powerfully.”
However, many car owners point out that since this is a software update and not a hardware update, the cars already have the physical ability to reach their full potential, so it seems like they are, in fact, being deliberately weakened to encourage consumers to pay more.
The move followed a similar move by Tesla , which rolled out a $2,000 upgrade called “Acceleration Boost” for some vehicles that was eventually bypassed by hackers.
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