Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the inevitable: its future is all-electric. In fact, it’s zero-emissions transition will occur sooner than most.
The leading premium brand announced overnight it “is getting ready to go all-electric by the end of the decade”, although it added that would be the case “where market conditions allow”, opening the door for Australia and others to potentially make the move later.
Either way, Mercedes-Benz has revealed that all of its new platforms released from 2025 will be all-electric, with three to launch in that year alone.
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The MB.EA and, AMG.EA and VAN.EA architectures in question will cover mid-size and large passenger cars, performance cars, and light-commercial vehicles respectively.
At the very least, dedicated underpinnings for small passenger cars, including the A-Class and GLA, is expected to be launched at a later date.
That said, all models will be available with a zero-emissions option by 2025, with even the old-school G-Wagen set to get such a variant in 2024.
To demonstrate the potential of its all-electric future, Mercedes-Benz will reveal the Vision EQXX concept next year, with it offer “a real-world range of more than 1000km”.
For reference, Mercedes-Benz’s zero-emissions model line-up already consists of the EQA small SUV, EQB and EQC mid-size SUVs, EQS upper-large sedan and EQV people mover, while an EQS upper-large SUV and EQE large sedan and SUV will be released soon.
Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Kaellenius said: “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.
“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.”