Mercedes said at an event where it announced its future plans, it will be an all-electric brand in all possible markets. It is stated that starting from 2025, every new model in the model range will have a 100% electric version. In addition, with this news, rumors that three new architectures that are exclusive to electric vehicles will be introduced also gained ground.
Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz AG and Daimler AG, said: “In recent years, especially in the premium segment where Mercedes-Benz competes, the transformation of electric cars has gained great momentum. In ten years, we will face a breaking point. From this breaking point, the entire sector will be based on electricity and we will be ready for these conditions.” said.
The German manufacturer allocates a budget of € 40 billion for electric vehicle R&D investments to be made between 2020-2030. With this move, Mercedes plans to pass the breaking point in a stronger way.
Three new architectures that Mercedes will use for its electric vehicles
The first architecture is MB.EA, designed by Mercedes for passenger cars. The company says it will also be used in all medium and large-sized vehicles. This scalable and modular architecture will be the cornerstone of the company’s future electrified model range.
The second architecture is the AMG.EA architecture, which is expected to attract the most attention. As the name suggests, it will take place in high-performance electric vehicles, namely Mercedes-AMG models.
The final architecture is VAN.EA. As the name suggests, Mercedes promises a cleaner future to cities with this architecture designed to be used in minibuses and light commercial vehicles.
Among Mercedes’ plans, it is working on an electric car that can offer a range of 1000 km in daily life. With this vehicle, consumption in single-digit kWh per 100 km is targeted. To give an example, the Tesla Model 3 is a vehicle with a consumption of 14.9 kWh per 100 km. As it seems, Mercedes will take the business to a very ambitious point and will get help from the experts in the Powertrain Unit of the Mercedes-AMG F1 team.
As we said at the beginning of the news, the German manufacturer will come up with a 100% electric option for each model starting from 2025. This will increase the battery need of the brand considerably. For this reason, in addition to the current nine battery factories, it aims to open eight more battery factories with its partners in various parts of the world.
Mercedes says it has been working with partners for a while on next-generation batteries that include technologies such as high-energy density cells and solid-state batteries. The German company, which recently acquired British company YASA, which specializes in high-performance axial flow electric motors, is expected to come up with more efficient electric powertrains.
For all these future plans, Mercedes will stick to its profit plans in 2020. Although it offers early retirement plans to some of its employees, the company will retrain most of its employees to prevent the loss of specialist workforce in internal combustion engines, which may be lost in the transition to electricity. He says there will be one 100% electric model in each segment of Mercedes’ model range during this time.
CEO Källenius said, “Our biggest task in this transition is to convince our customers of the reliability of our new products during this transition. Our flagship electric model, the EQS, will make Mercedes-Benz’s debut in this role.” says.