Mercedes didn't buy the Tesla Model X they benchmarked.
Mercedes/Daimler seems to be ramping up their efforts to compete with Tesla.
According to Electrek, the German automaker dismantled and benchmarked a
Tesla Model X ahead of the launch of their own electric SUV, the Mercedes
EQC. It’s pretty normal for car manufacturers to acquire and test models
from their competitors. But in this case, the way that Mercedes went about
getting the Model X is raising eyebrows.
Instead of buying a new or used one, Mercedes rented one from a German
couple through a rental company called Sixt. The couple planned to go on
vacation and loaned their car to the company. Daimler, Mercedes’ parent
company rented it from Sixt and took the vehicle apart. They tested it, put
it back together and returned it to Sixt. The couple who owns the Tesla
Model X had no idea that their electric vehicle was being used in this way.
Daimler didn’t just dismantle the vehicle. They drove it at their test track
in Sindelfingen, Germany, and carried out heat and vibration tests on it.
Electrek reported that they also drove it to Barcelona, Spain.
Sixt has said that Daimler violated their rental agreement with their
actions. They compensated the couple for the damage, but they say that the
automaker should pay too because they were the ones who incurred the damage.
Audi did the same thing to a Tesla Model X last year, but they bought one
from the U.S, Electrek noted. They also plan to release their own electric
SUV next year.
According to Green Car Reports, Mercedes has opened reservations for the EQC
in Norway. A reservation for this vehicle costs $2,560. Mercedes claims that
the vehicle will have a range of 310 miles. This number is most likely based
on the New European Driving Cycle test procedure. The U.S. EPA rating will
most likely be closer to 250 miles, Green Car Reports notes.
Mercedes has not revealed too many details about the electric SUV’s battery
pack but it will have two electric motors generating 405 horsepower. The
car’s power will be able to be transferred to the front or rear wheels to
enable all-wheel drive.