Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is planning to release a rival to the all-electric Tesla Model S in the coming years.

While speaking at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, Daimler AG board member in charge of group research and Mercedes-Benz car development, Thomas Weber, revealed that the company’s electric car will have a range of between 400-500 km. It could be released as soon as 2018 and Weber said that “It’s something different . It’s unique; it’s emotional. Wait and see.”

While Weber remained quite coy on detailing the car, he did suggest that it could feature some of the aerodynamic elements found on the Concept IAA vehicle introduced by Mercedes-Benz at the show.

With confirmation of Mercedes-Benz working on an answer to Tesla, it has become just the latest European marque to do so. Porsche is said to be working on bringing an electric sedan to the market inspired by the Mission-E Concept while Audi is developing an electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X.

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