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MERCEDES BENZ READY TO MAKE ALL ELECTRIC FUTURE HAPPEN

Autos 360 News / With Files From Rick Walker - SST Car Show News / Mercedes Benz


Mercedes Benz is going all electric and quickly. The automaker has announced all newly launched architectures will be all electric from 2025 onwards.


By next year (2022), Mercedes-Benz will have battery electric vehicles (BEV) in every market segment the company serves. Company executives say from 2025 onwards, customers will be able to choose an all-electric alternative for every model the company makes, and they insist the company will continue to hit its profit targets while pushing ahead with its accelerated elecrification plan.


The plan looks like this:


  • All newly launched architectures will be electric-only from 2025 onwards.

  • In 2025 Mercedes-Benz will launch three electric-only architectures.

  • Mercedes-Benz will be ready to go all electric at the end of the decade, where market conditions allow.

  • Mercedes-Benz to install battery cell capacity of more than 200 Gigawatt hours with partners, plans for eight Gigafactories.

  • New partnerships for development and production of battery cells in Europe.

  • Efficiency of electric drivetrains to be enhanced through vertical integration and the acquisition of YASA, a specialist in ultra-high performance axial flux motors.

  • Plug & Charge to introduce seamless charging without extra steps needed for authentication and payment. Mercedes me Charge to have more than 530,000 AC and DC charging points worldwide.

  • Acceleration of electrification ramp-up marks a radical shift in capital allocation.

  • Mercedes-Benz is committed to its margin targets – also in a BEV-world.

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“The EV shift is picking up speed - especially in the luxury segment, where Mercedes-Benz belongs. The tipping point is getting closer and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “This step marks a profound reallocation of capital. By managing this faster transformation while safeguarding our profitability targets, we will ensure the enduring success of Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to our highly qualified and motivated workforce, I am convinced that we will be successful in this exciting new era.”


Mercedes Benz has a plan to accelerate electric vehicle technology research and development, with aggressive new investments into the development of battery electric vehicles over the next decade. Over €40 billion will be invested over the next decade. Company executives believe accelerating and advancing the EV portfolio plan will bring forward the tipping point for EV adoption.


The plan will focus on the development of three new electric only architectures.


  • MB.EA will cover all medium to large size passenger cars, establishing a scalable modular system as the electric backbone for the future EV portfolio.

  • AMG.EA will be a dedicated performance electric vehicle platform addressing technology and performance oriented Mercedes-AMG customers.

  • VAN.EA ushers in a new era for purpose made electric vans and Light Commercial Vehicles, which will contribute to emission free transportation and cities in the future.



Mercedes Benz has been acquiring complimentary companies and developing companies, to fit with their vertical integration business plan, which will put planning, development, purchasing and production under one company umbrella. The plan includes the acquisition of UK based electric motor company YASA, which allows Mercedes-Benz access to unique axial flux motor technology and expertise to develop next generation ultra-high performance motors. In-house electric motors, such as the eATS 2.0, are also a key part of the new Mercedes Benz electrification strategy.


Mercedes Benz is also focused on China not only because it is the world's largest new energy vehicle (NEV) market, but also because it is home to hundreds of companies and suppliers which specialize in EV components and software technologies.


Batteries: Mercedes-Benz will need a battery capacity of more than 200 Gigawatt hours and plans to set up eight Gigafactories for producing cells, together with its partners around the world. That is on top on nine other plants that Mercedes Benz already had planned to build battery systems. The battery systems for the next generation of vehicles will be highly standardized and will be engineered for use in more than 90-percent of all Mercedes-Benz cars and vans, and may have flexibility built into them allowing them to be used by customers in other applications.


Mercedes-Benz is working on simplified charging solutions, with “Plug & Charge” which allows customers to plug-in, charge and unplug without extra steps needed for authentication and payment processing. Plug & Charge will go live with the market launch of the EQS later this year.


Mercedes me Charge is already in use, and is one of the world’s largest charging networks with more than 530,000 AC and DC charging points worldwide. Mercedes-Benz is working with Shell to expand the network across Europe, China, and North America.


All passenger car and battery assembly sites run by Mercedes-Benz AG will switch to carbon neutral production by 2022.


Mercedes-Benz is investing in training programs to transition employees into electric vehicle production. Company officials say the transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles is feasible and already underway. Company executives say they are not waiting for an all electric future, they are going to "make it happen".


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Autos 360 News / SST Car Show News / With Files From Mercedes-Benz