All current large-format electric transporters are predestined for short trips, due to the large frontal areas and a significantly poorer Cd value compared to cars, they are at a disadvantage. In the long term, however, there are economic arguments in favor of this, because the maintenance costs are significantly lower than the comparable models with combustion engines. A look at the interesting experiences with the BEV transit.
After Volkswagen's major change in strategy, Renault is also accelerating its conversion to a manufacturer of electric cars. The focus has shifted to fundamental changes from development to production and recycling. Classics such as the Renault 5 and what is currently known as the “4ever” are also expected to experience a renaissance as electric models. According to its own information, the Renault Group will bring ten new fully electric models onto the market by 2025.
The model range in the BEV segment is growing for all premium manufacturers. With the EQE, Mercedes offers a lucrative alternative to the conventional E-Class. The younger brother of the large-format EQS is slightly smaller at second glance, but offers a few technical highlights and conjures up a full entertainment package at night. Finally there are real innovations when it comes to relaxed long-distance journeys.
The history of the Maserati brand is peppered with many international successes in racing and a varied brand history. As the only representative in the premium segment within the Stellantis Group, the traditional brand currently has ambitious goals and plans to transfer its own core values in the segments of performance, design and exclusivity into the future. The topics of digitization and electromobility play a key role for future models. The first GranTurismo Folgore e-sports car was presented in Berlin in April.
After the launch of the Nissan Leaf, Nissan took a good decade to present the new Ariya in the middle class in 2020 at the Yokohama Motor Show. It took even longer until the final start of production in 2022 due to delivery problems with semiconductor components. In the meantime, the competitors VW and Hyundai have already been able to place their competing models in this class. In the middle of the northern German winter, we were able to test the brand new Ariya extensively in the highest equipment variant, the Evolve Pack, in inhospitable conditions.
For the next few years, Mercedes is planning a big leap towards electromobility, promised significant changes with regard to new platforms and complete electrification of the car fleet before 2030. This means that the ambitious schedule is currently ahead of the competition from traditional manufacturers. On the way there, there will already be some new appetizers to discover at the IAA 2021. The story of electromobility at Mercedes Benz begins at the beginning of the 20th century.