Mercedes-Benz isn’t letting Audi and BMW be the only German automakers getting ready to take on Tesla.

The German automaker is reportedly working on an electric vehicle with a range up to 311 miles, targeting the Tesla Model S, according to development chief Thomas Weber. In an interview with German publication auto motor und sport, Weber said,

“We are working on an intelligent concept for a highly attractive electric vehicle with a range of 400-500 kilometers,” he said, adding that the car would come “soon.” More importantly, the electric drivetrain will fit into the automaker’s flexible architecture, meaning it can be used in numerous models. This likely means that Mercedes will also have a Model X crossover competitor in the future.

The range estimate is likely on the European NEDC cycle which rates cars as farther traveling than does hte U.S> cycle. A Model S by NEDC reckoning is rated 275 miles instead of 240 for the 70D, 305 miles for the P85D instead of 253 miles, and 330 miles for the 85D instead of 270 miles. That said, Mercedes is targeting the same ballpark, and nothing yet is official at this stage as it and others prepare Tesla competitors as well.

At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in less than two weeks, Audi will showcase an e-tron quattro concept that will preview a Model X fighter, while BMW is planning an i5 sedan that will be based on the 5 Series as a direct competitor to the Model S. Mercedes might have a slight lead on the competition, however, considering that it has been developing numerous applications of all-electric vehicles for a while now, including on the A- and B-Class as well as the electric SLS AMG that set a record on the Nurburgring.

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