Mercedes-Benz To Go All-Electric By 2030

The German automaker’s parent company Daimler, plans to invest more than €40 billion between 2022 and 2030 to develop EVs.

  • New architecture will be electric-only from 2025 moving into the future.
  • Mercedes-Benz will set up eight gigafactories for producing cells for its vehicles.
  • Future batteries will increase energy density by using silicon-carbon anode technologies.

Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to embrace electric to the fullest by the end of the decade according to the automaker’s innovative new strategy.

The German automaker is shifting from “electric-first to electric-only” as it looks to compete with rival companies who have also shared future roadmaps that include new EVs and more.

Mercedes-Benz’s roadmap looks to retain the level of luxury the brand is known for, only in a completely sustainable setting.

“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.

In total, investment into battery electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030 will amount to over €40 billion (roughly £34 billion).

New Platforms/Acquisitions

From 2025, all vehicles coming out of the Mercedes-Benz catalogue will run on one of three electric-only architectures: MB.EA, AMG.EA and VAN.EA.

Each platform will target a different type of EV:

  • MB.EA: medium to large size passenger cars, establishing a scalable modular system as the electric backbone for future vehicles.
  • AMG.EA: dedicated performance platform that targets Mercedes-AMG customers.
  • VAN.EA: a new purpose-built platform for light commercial vehicles.

MB has stressed the importance of offering EV options across all segments.

The acquisition of e-motor innovator YASA is part of the automakers grander tech plan as it gives MB access to axial flux motor technology.

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New Era Of Batteries/Gigafactories

A grand total of eight new gigafactories (car battery factories) will be built worldwide — one situated in the US and four in Europe for a total production capacity of 200GWh.

One of these European sites will be developed with an unknown technical partner that MB is yet to name.

Battery-wise, future packs from Mercedes-Benz will be “highly standardised and suitable for use in more than 90% of all Mercedes-Benz cars and vans.”

Moreover, MB plans to increase energy density by using silicon-carbon anode technologies that allow for better range and shorter charge times.

An Impressive New EV

Mercedes-Benz is also currently developing the Vision EQXX, an electric car with a real-world range of more than 1,000km (600 miles).

A highly skilled team, including experts from Mercedes-Benz’s F1 High-Performance Powertrain division (HPP), is making rapid progress towards the project’s ambitious goals.

The German automaker hopes to debut the Vision EQXX in 2022. Tech developed for the EQXX could be adapted and applied to other EVs, says MB.

We rate this electric pledge from Mercedes-Benz a solid 10/10, as long as it can deliver. What do you think of the automaker’s future plans?

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