The green era has begun for Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes will present at Paris Motorshow a fully electric modular platform (MEA) for purely battery powered vehicles. The first car built on this platform will be launched by the end of the decade.
The Stuttgart-based grand brand is planning no less than four EVs, with the first concept coming this very autumn. Paris is the place, October is the time. According to our informations, Mercedes is working to four fully electric vehicles based on the new MEA (Modular Electric Architecture): two SUVs (in the class of GLC and GLE) and two saloons (in the segment of C-Class and S-Class).
The first concept based on the new fully electric platform will be shown at Paris Motor Show in a form of a luxury saloon, which will compete against Tesla Model S.
At an event taking place in Stuttgart this past week, the head of Daimler strategy and Mercedes-Benz cars product strategy, Wilko Stark, went as far as confirming the company’s plans to launch an entire new range of EVs, with an electric range of up to 500 km (310 miles).
“If electric vehicles are to emerge out of the niche, they have to be attractive to customers. This means they have to be fun to drive, suitable for everyday use and the price has to be right,” Stark said ahead of Daimler lifting the curtain on the company’s long-distance electric vehicle next fall.
The highly efficient lithium ion battery supplied by Daimler’s subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE combined with the intelligent Mercedes-Benz operation strategy will allow purely battery-driven ranges of up to 500 km for the first time. Rapid charging using the Combined Charging System (CCS), which is being incorporated into this innovative vehicle for the first time, makes charging and operation as convenient as possible.
Mercedes does not offer other details about the new platform but released the first official picture with the new platform. In the picture we can see that electric power will come from two electric engines, one placed at the front axle and another one at the rear axle.