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.
It has been almost 30 years since 1983 when the "Baby-Benz" started out as the 190 E 2.3-16 to set new records on the world's fastest automobile circuit, the Pista di Nardò. Meanwhile, some generations of the C-Class are already history and the current fifth generation has followed in the footsteps of the once very compact vehicle generation. The drives can now be ordered to meet the new requirements for reducing emission values with mild hybrid engines and now also as plug-in hybrids.
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.
The planned innovations in the Euro 7 standard from 2025 is a challenge for all global manufacturers. In the first half of 2021, most manufacturers have already set their exit scenarios from the internal combustion engine with a specific date following the announcements made in recent years. As a discontinued model, the combustion engine will only be of interest to car markets without clear specifications for the manufacturer. A look at the exit scenarios of the traditional manufacturers shows clear differences.
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.
When it was launched in September 2018, the push button for electrifying the car fleet was pressed at Mercedes-Benz. After the very cautious developments in the B-Class, a competitive SUV for the medium-haul range was the focus of the electric future. With the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the developers modified the GLC platform by installing two electric motors on the front and rear axles and a battery in the underbody. The design is more modern, but takes on the typical presence character of the GL models.