Ever since Tesla started making big headlines with its Model S, the EV maker has had a massive bullseye painted on it. Seemingly every automaker from General Motors to Audi is taking aim at the EV giant in an attempt to knock it off its pedestal atop the segment.
Today, a report from the German publication Auto Motor und Sport indicates that Mercedes-Benz is looking to get in on this action. During a long interview that touched on a lot of topics, Mercedes’ development head, Thomas Weber, indicated that the brand is developing a model to rival the Model S.
In the report, Weber indicates the model will have an electric range of 400 to 500 kilometers. In U.S. currency, that amounts out to 228 to 311 miles, which is just about in line with the 240- to 270-mile range of the various Model S trims.
What’s more, Weber also indicated that this model will spawn a modular platform that could result in multiple EV models. This likely means the Model S isn’t all Mercedes has in its crosshairs. I would expect to see competitors to the Model III and Model X just a few years after the Model S competitor arrives.
There is no indication as to when this Model S competitor will arrive, but I wouldn’t expect there to be too long of a delay. We could see it as early as 2018, but 2020 seems like the more realistic expectation.
With a debut just three to five years away, look for spy shots of various prototypes to make their way to the Interwebz soon. Realistically, Mercedes will need at least two years’ worth of testing to make something capable of challenging the Model S.
Stay tuned for more info.