Porsche will unleash its Tesla Model S fighter the Mission E by 2020. Audi has unveiled a long-distance electric vehicle. BMW is working on one. And now we’re learning Mercedes-Benz is prepping for battle as well with its own Tesla fighter by the end of the decade.
According to Reuters, Mercedes-Benz will unveil the prototype for a long-range Tesla Model X fighter this October at the Paris Auto Show. By long range, we mean 310-miles on a charge.
Mercedes-Benz Chief Development Officer Thomas Weber made the announcement last week at an event in Stuttgart.
“The structure is ready, the teams are working and the initial results from road tests are coming in quick succession,” Weber said.
The new electric car will factor into the automaker’s plans to sell 100,000 electric vehicles a year by the end of the decade. Right now, it offers the zero emission B 250 e as well as several electric cars under its Smart brand. The company plans to launch its fourth-generation electric Smart car at the end of the year as both a two- and a four-door. Mercedes also already sells a number of plug-in hybrids, as do many other automakers.
For a list of current EV models out there now and what’s around the corner, check out the 2016 Car Pro Guide to Electric Vehicles.