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Mercedes is quietly becoming Tesla’s biggest rival


Business Insider already predicts a serious competition for Tesla in face of Mercedes EQ. The social media war between Elon Musk and Mercedes is gaining more and more attention around.

Daimler decided that rivalry in EV market is not enough to fight Tesla, so they will also aim to replicate the 'Tesla ecosystem'.

Love to see how these two giants battle each other.
 

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Sadly for Tesla they could lose the edge they have been building up a lot over the years because for Mercedes and similar brands all it takes is just throwing an EV powertrain under an existing model and it will sell! Already that has been proving true with BMW, and if it works for BMW, what do you think that means for Mercedes? 330e is selling well.
 

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I had a Tesla model 3 reservation for 10 months before canceling. Driving a model S a few years ago I didn't see the quality I would expect in that price range. I have a 2017 C300 and have owned a fair number of other Mercedes vehicles and I hope my experience with the quality of Mercedes carries over to their electric division. I will gladly wait and expect to replace my C300 with a Mercedes EQ when the vehicle is available.
 

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Seems like Daimler decided to raise the bets, now they're investing $11 billion to electrify its fleet of vehicles by 2020.
 

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Seems like Daimler decided to raise the bets, now they're investing $11 billion to electrify its fleet of vehicles by 2020.
It's not a bet when billions are being invested from all ends of the industry to support a greener future. We're going through a drastic shift in how we use energy. I bet if you looked back 100 years ago to when gasoline cars first came out you'd see a similar effect taking place. EV's are the future, no question. Tesla is at the front of it all but people or some reason thing is a fad.
 

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Tesla led the charge and they were very good at convincing people and other automakers that electric is the future. Now there's a lot more options to choose from and they no longer have the monopoly.
 

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Tesla led the charge and they were very good at convincing people and other automakers that electric is the future. Now there's a lot more options to choose from and they no longer have the monopoly.
Part of it was Chevy with the original Volt but Tesla made it cool and really proved that EV"s can be cool, which was part of their plans from the very start with the Lotus based roadster, Model S and then what we have today.
 

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Hi all, interested in the comparison between Tesla and Merc EQ...
(re-post from another part of the forum, due to lack of response!)

I'm looking at the EQC as I love Merc's (had an E55 AMG a few years ago), and am really interested in how similar / different it is to a tesla model 3 (which I've driven previous)...
(Doing my research whilst in isolation so its all through youtube vids etc.)

For example in a Tesla, to get the car moving, you get in, wave your 'keycard' over the reader, put your foot on the brake, select D on the stalk selector, release the foot brake and drive off!

From what I can see online, the same process in the EQC is quite a lot more complex!
(unclear on the key process)
- press the start/stop button to 'fully energise' the cabin (not eactly sure what this means, the screens are already on in the video I saw, but think it allows you to use the stereo etc.)
- press the start/stop button again to switch the 'ignition' on
- put foot on brake (as with most cars, think this is a safety measure)
- press the start/stop button a THIRD time to actually START the ignition fully
(keeping foot on brake)
- select drive
and as you release the brake and apply throttle the car will move!

seems quite a lot of steps!?!
does anyone have first hand experience of this?
I wonder if its just the way the person chooses to do it in the video I saw...
Like for example, if you hold the brake down earlier, can you remove the need to press start/stop 3 times?

Would be great to hear off anyone who knows more, as I'm worried I'll find lots more that would bug me if I got one, if this is anything to go by!

Thanks

J
 

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Hi all, interested in the comparison between Tesla and Merc EQ...
(re-post from another part of the forum, due to lack of response!)

I'm looking at the EQC as I love Merc's (had an E55 AMG a few years ago), and am really interested in how similar / different it is to a tesla model 3 (which I've driven previous)...
(Doing my research whilst in isolation so its all through youtube vids etc.)

For example in a Tesla, to get the car moving, you get in, wave your 'keycard' over the reader, put your foot on the brake, select D on the stalk selector, release the foot brake and drive off!

From what I can see online, the same process in the EQC is quite a lot more complex!
(unclear on the key process)
- press the start/stop button to 'fully energise' the cabin (not eactly sure what this means, the screens are already on in the video I saw, but think it allows you to use the stereo etc.)
- press the start/stop button again to switch the 'ignition' on
- put foot on brake (as with most cars, think this is a safety measure)
- press the start/stop button a THIRD time to actually START the ignition fully
(keeping foot on brake)
- select drive
and as you release the brake and apply throttle the car will move!

seems quite a lot of steps!?!
does anyone have first hand experience of this?
I wonder if its just the way the person chooses to do it in the video I saw...
Like for example, if you hold the brake down earlier, can you remove the need to press start/stop 3 times?

Would be great to hear off anyone who knows more, as I'm worried I'll find lots more that would bug me if I got one, if this is anything to go by!

Thanks

J
This first-generation EQC is more of an early version of whats to come, a second-generation model with lots of upgrades (more on it here). So unless you really like Mercedes, going for a more complete electric SUV on the market today might be a good option. What about the EQC stands out to you?

This Top Gear article covers its positives and negatives quite well: https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/mercedes-benz/eqc
 
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