The German luxury car manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz has recently announced its plans to go all-electric by the year 2030. The company will offer only BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles) across all segments and from 2025, only all-electric models will be launched. In addition to this, Mercedes will invest over €40 billion for research and development between 2022 and 2030. Last year, the company revealed that it will be selling 25 percent hybrid and EVs by 2025 of the total sales volume. But in a recent announcement the company said to achieve 50 percent of the EV market by 2025.
By the year 2025, Mercedes-Benz will introduce 3 (Three) electric only platforms. Below mentioned are the details.
MB.EA: The MB.EA platform will include the medium to large sized passenger cars establishing a scalable modular architecture that will serve as a backbone for future EV model range.
AMG.EA: This platform will be dedicated for performance electric vehicle that will serve the upcoming all-electric AMG product line up.
VAN.EA: The VAN-EA platform will serve the electric van and light commercial vehicles.
Overview: Technology plan
With the plans to go all-electric, Mercedes has acquired a company named YASA which is a UK based electric motor company. The acquisition will help the company to get access to unique axial flux motor technology and increase proficiency to develop the next-gen motors for increased performance. Currently, the in-house electric motor like the eATS 2.0 is one of the main elements of the electrification planning. In addition to this, Mercedes-Benz will also look forward to collaborate with other companies and suppliers based out of China, the world’s largest NEV (New Energy Vehicle) market in order to look out for support in the form of EV components and other software technologies.
Furthermore, the company is also prepping to set-up eight Gigafactories for producing cells as the company will need a battery capacity of more than 200 Gigawatt hours for the successful implementation of electrification strategies. This will be in addition to the existing planned network of 9 (Nine) plants which will be dedicated completely to build battery systems.
Plug and Charge
Mercedes-Benz is also working on the “Plug and Charge” system which will help the customers to plug-in, charge, and unplug without requiring extra steps for authentication and payment processing. The new system of “Plug and Charge” will be introduced for the customers post the launch of the Mercedes all-electric EQS sedan later this year. As of date today, the company has more than 5.30 lakh AC and DC charging points across the globe and going forward the company is reportedly working with Shell to further expand the charging network. In addition to the 10,000 high-power chargers across the globe, the customers will also stand a chance to get an access Shell’s Recharge network of over 30,000 charge points countries including Europe, China, and North America by the end of 2025. Furthermore, the company is also working on plans to introduce its own premium charging facilities in the European market.
Mercedes-Benz is also developing the Vision EQXX, an electric car that claims to offer a real world driving range of over 1,000kms. The Vision EQXX will make its global debut sometime in 2022. A multi-disciplinary team, including experts from Mercedes-Benz’s F1 High Performance Powertrain Division (HPP), is reportedly working towards the successful completion of the project in order to achieve the target.
This year, the German car maker will introduce 4 (Four) new BEVs and next year the company will launch the SUV versions of the EQE and the EQS. More details are yet to come.