Mercedes-Benz AG, on Thursday, announced that the company will focus on electric models from 2025 and plans on becoming a full-time EV manufacturer by 2030.
Mercedes-Benz AG has announced its plans to only produce all-electric vehicles from 2030, depending on the market. By next year, i.e. 2022, Mercedes-Benz AG will have a battery-powered alternative in every segment the company is present. All the models launched from 2025 will be all-electric, which means that the manufacturer will do away with the development of IC engines in the next four years.
From 2025 onwards, the company will only invest in the research and development of electric vehicles. Mercedes-Benz will launch three new EV friendly platforms for its vehicles in 2025.
The three electric-only architecture will focus on the company’s passenger cars, sporty models under the AMG vertical, and dedicate EV platform for Mercedes-Benz’s commercial vehicles. The MB.EA architecture will cover all medium to large passenger cars. The AMG.EA will be a dedicated performance electric vehicle platform for EVs under the Mercedes-AMG vertical. The VAN.EA platform will be dedicated to electric vans and Light Commercial Vehicles under the Mercedes-Benz brand.
The company is positive about enhancing the electric drivetrain efficiency through vertical integration and the acquisition of YASA – a specialist in ultra-high performance axial flux motors. 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.
Mercedes-Benz confirms the total research and development cost between 2022 and 2030 would amount up to €40 billion. The company shall seek new partnerships for the development and production of battery cells in Europe.
Additionally, the Mercedes-Me Charge will offer over 5,30,000 AC and DC charging points worldwide. Mercedes-Benz will also work upon easy Plug & Charge to reduce extra steps of authentication, which will offer seamless charging.