After Renault Eways’ disappointing plans to transition to BEV by 2030, we got a much more realistic vision on the future from Stellantis. Now we get a long-term vision from Mercedes-Benz.
The presentation of Mercedes-Benz is not an online mix of advertising and announcements as the previous two were. It is in a simple word document. The company did not even make a flashy PDF. The content is as much revolutionary as the presentation is simple.
The first big difference is the realization that the market can flip to 100% electric before 2030 worldwide. If the market flips, Mercedes-Benz has to flip. That means Mercedes-Benz has to be prepared to flip or transition to 100% BEV production before 2030.
That is the most ambitious, and realistic, announcement of any of the big automakers.
What follows in the simple MS-Word document are the details that need to be taken care of to make this possible.
- 8 battery gigafactories to produce 200GWh cells.
- The necessary battery pack and powertrain factories.
- Dedicated platforms for mainstream passenger cars, AMG performance battery cars, battery-electric light commercial vehicles.
- All new models must be plug-&-charge capable from 2022 onward.
- A high-efficiency, long-distance-oriented powertrain. Mercedes-Benz knows what is expected on the Autobahn.
- Battery recycling plant.
- Hiring 3,000 software engineers for MB.OS and all that is needed for new cars.
- And many more details — read and enjoy.
The EQS is setting the stage for what we expect from Mercedes in the coming years.
P.S. I can not find a reason to be grumpy. I am still an old man.
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