Electric Zeppelin

Right now, you can buy yourself a big, beautiful, fossil-fueled 6.0L V-12 biturbo Mercedes-Maybach S600 for just under $200,000 MSRP. Then, should you have the desire, you can floor the accelerator and go from zero to 60 in 5 seconds in a fashion Wilhelm and Karl Maybach might not have envisioned.

You see, the Maybach’s started out making diesel and petrol engines for zeppelins.1


Now, the venerable Maybach name is being attached to a colossal, all-electric, all-wheel-drive vehicle that will go from zero to 60 in under 4 seconds. But should you have the desire for a new Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupe of your very own, put away your wallet. This electric zeppelin isn’t for sale. For now, it’s just a concept car.


Named for its 6-meter (19.685 ft) length, the gullwing 2+2 concept dreadnought has an 80kwh battery which is teamed with four independent motors to achieve 738HP. By comparison, the Mercedes-Maybach V-12 S600 has 523HP. An all-wheel-drive 532HP Tesla Model S P90D (which you can buy) has a 90kwh battery, is 3 feet shorter than the 6, and will launch you from zero to sixty in less time. How much less? It’s LUDICROUS.


Mercedes quotes a driving range of more than 200 miles and states that a five-minute DC quick charge can add 62 miles of range. That’s fast charging. And, it offers wireless induction recharging. But remember, this is a conceptual dreamship well-suited for generating press and drawing attention to Mercedes’ commitment to electric vehicles. While boat tail all-electric behemoths might not be in store for the Maybach brand in the near future, the Vision 6 dreams large, and draws us into the vision.

1. [As in Wilhelm and Karl Maybach, who founded Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH in 1909. In 1912 the company name was changed to Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH. In 1960 Maybach was acquired by Daimler-Benz.]↩

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