Mercedes-Benz is ready to go green with its plan to go all-electric by 2030. The company is planning to reduce the investment towards combustion engines and focus on electric vehicles by reducing the cost of manufacturing them. The major announcement by the company is that it will launch four new EV platforms by 2025. The company has also planned to expand the production of batteries by building eight new battery factories worldwide. Mercedes-Benz is aiming to focus on the profits rather than the volumes; hence the company has been deciding to increase the sales of top-rung models and also to standardize the majority of components it uses in the production of vehicles.
The German automaker has the vision to provide the all-electric variant for all the models from 2025. The company also plans to offer an electric vehicle for all the segments from 2022. After the launch of the new MMA EV architecture by the company for the small vehicles, all Mercedes vehicle platforms will be EV developed only. By 2025, there is also a plan to launch three all-new architecture for the entire range of cars in the company. The medium and the large passenger vehicles like the SUVs by the brand will be adhering to the MB.EA platform. The AMG.EA architecture will be implemented on the future electric sports cars by the Mercedes. The brand will also be using the VAN.EA platform for the light commercial vehicles (LMVs). The range of electric vehicles is going to expand as the company will be launching a new EQE sedan, EQE SUV, and EQS SUV in 2022 in the international markets. The launch of EQA, EQB, EQS sedan, and EQV by Mercedes in 2021 will pump its portfolio of electric vehicles to eight. The two new versions of the EQS sedan will be out very soon.
Mercedes plan of expansion has to be supported by the production of the batteries. The brand has decided to strengthen its battery base by building eight new battery manufacturing factories worldwide. Among these new eight factories, one will be established in the USA and four of them in Europe. The total production capacity of the factories is estimated at around 200GWh. These plants, according to the statement by the company, are dedicated to the production of battery systems only. The company has also said, “highly standardized and suitable for use in more than 90 per cent of all Mercedes-Benz cars and vans” for the new batteries. The more extended range and the shorter charging time is what the company is aiming towards. They are planning to increase energy density by the use of silicon-carbon anode technologies. The company has also hinted at the development of solid-state battery technology in order to improve energy density and safety.
The German automaker has not confirmed the plans for the Indian market. The future of the combustion engine vehicles by the luxury brand has been subjected towards the market conditions. Britta Seeger, a member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG who is in charge of the marketing and sales of Mercedes-Benz cars, said,
“Of course, no one can foresee when the last combustion engine will be sold because that depends on the customers and their respective local market conditions.”
Therefore, we could see combustible engine cars by the German brand for a bit longer in India. Mercedes has been involved in pushing the green energy revolution in the market. The launch of the EQC SUV last year and the upcoming launch of the EQS sedan in 2022 is part of the plan of the company to expand its electric vehicle portfolio in India. The electrification efforts by the company will continue to grow stronger over the years. The Mercedes’ India chief has also assured that the brand is evaluating the electric models for the Indian market, and also there could be the possibility of EV assembly in India.