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“Saturday Night Live” Shows Off a Mercedes Powered by AA Batteries

If “Saturday Night Live” is to be believed, Mercedes will soon debut a luxury sedan that runs on AA batteries. The humorous show revealed the car in a recent parody advertisement, touting its zero-emission credentials and noting that it will run on more than 9,000 separate AA batteries that need frequent replacement.

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The parody ad, which starred former “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, shows a C-Class that’s been renamed the “AA” — a reference to the batteries that power it. The engine has been totally replaced by thousands of AA batteries, while Louis-Dreyfus announces that the roomy trunk is a great place to store batteries you aren’t using. Louis-Dreyfus also shows off several other important features of the car, including a system that removes all the batteries at once.

But Seriously Folks…

While the idea of a car that runs on AA batteries is indeed ridiculous, Mercedes-Benz does offer a fully electric model in the United States: the brand’s B250e electric hatchback, also known as the B-Class Electric Drive. The brand also offers a plug-in hybrid C-Class (C350e), GLE-Class (GLE550e) and S-Class (S550e).

The 2-minute spot debuted last weekend on “Saturday Night Live” and ends with Louis-Dreyfus climbing out of the car and announcing: “Batteries not included.”

Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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