Tesla has captured our imagination (if not our practicality) with the world’s first all-electric SUV, the Model X. But it looks like Mercedes, king of glitzy SUVs for people who like to stay on-road, isn’t going to take it lying down.

According to a report from Autocar, Mercedes will be showing off an all-electric SUV at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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The SUV will be the first in a more comprehensive line-up of electric vehicles, which will change the focus of Mercedes going forwards. Currently, the company only has tiny electric Smart cars and a B-Class. But down the line, starting with the new all-electric SUV and working forwards, there will be a competitive fleet of electric vehicles for consumers to choose from.

The focus on electric could see Mercedes making one other interesting move. The company currently sponsors a very competitive Formula One team, so it’s perfectly poised to enter the Formula E all-electric series. Speaking to Autocar, Mercedes marketing boss Ola Källenius said “It provides an interesting platform for electric vehicles though it would be important for us to ensure there is a clear technology transfer to our road cars.”

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.