Following the announcements by Volkswagen, Mercedes also wants to focus on the transformation process towards an electric car manufacturer in the coming years. According to the company, at least one battery-electric vehicle (BEV) will be offered in all segments as early as 2022. All new vehicle architectures will be electric as early as 2025, and an electric variant will then be in the portfolio for all models.
Investing in electromobility
The company will set new trends in the areas of research and development of electric vehicles in the competition. A total of more than € 2022 billion is earmarked for investments in battery-electric vehicles between 2030 and 40. The range of BEV vehicles will pick up significantly.
Three new platforms are to be presented for this in 2025:
MB.EA: This platform is intended for all medium-sized and large cars and, as a scalable modular system, will be the electrical basis of the future BEV portfolio.
AMG.EA Here the focus is on top performance, which is aimed at the needs of the technology-savvy and performance-oriented customers of Mercedes-AMG.
VAN.EA heralds a new era for electric vans and light commercial vehicles that will contribute to emission-free transport and CO2-free cities in the future.
Eight new giant factories for battery production
Mercedes also relies on its own manufacture for battery production. According to its own information, Mercedes-Benz requires a battery capacity of more than 200 gigawatt hours and is planning to work with partners to build eight gigafactories around the world for cell production. These capacities complement the already planned network of nine plants for the production of battery systems. The next generation of batteries should obviously be standardized and suitable for use in more than 90% of all future Mercedes-Benz cars and vans.
Technically, the charging systems are to be completely converted to "Plug & Charge" this year. The loading process will then start without additional steps for authentication and payment processing.
With the acceleration of the transformation process, Mercedes is bringing more dynamism to the market for electric vehicles. In the coming year, eight Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles will roll off the assembly line at seven locations on three continents. In terms of climate neutrality, Mercedes-Benz AG also wants to convert its car and battery assembly sites to climate-neutral production. All of the activities set new milestones on the way to electromobility.
Cover picture - Mercedes-EQ Family Immendingen 2021; Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG - Copyright Mercedes
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