Mercedes has announced at IAA 2017 an unprecedented expansion of its eco range. Thus, by 2022, the German car maker will launch no less than 50 electrified models, of which 10 will be fully electric.
By 2025, the Mercedes EQ eco sub-brand range will include no less than ten models, including a compact SUV (the Generation EQ concept production version – comparable in dimensions to those displayed by the GLC) and a luxury sedan, the electric correspondent of the S-Class.
All will be built on the Mercedes Electric Architecture (MEA) modular platform and will offer electrical ranges between 400 and 500 km, depending on the segment and the capacity of the integrated batteries. The platform supports front or rear traction with one or two electric motors, with a total output of up to 300 kW and a maximum torque up to 700 Nm, the batteries being integrated into the chassis, below the floor level.
The modular batteries will be produced in the Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE and will have a capacity over 70 kWh depending on the model.
Also, the Mercedes-EQ models will use an 800V electric architecture that will enable the future models to quickly charge their batteries.
The EQA vehicle platform has been conceived to allow the new model to be built alongside the car maker’s conventional compact car models in the same factories that produce the existing A-Class, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA.
“Our electric initiative is gathering pace: by 2022, Mercedes will have launched more than 10 all-electric vehicles. The EQA proves that we are serious about introducing electric mobility throughout the portfolio,” said Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche.
The models of the newly created sub-brand Mercedes-EQ, entirely devoted to the brand’s 100% electric models, will be produced in the all three Mercedes Daimler plants from Germany. Rastatt factory will be responsible for the compact electric models, Bremen factory will be the house fot the middle size class electric vehicles while Sindelfingen plant will produce the Tesla rival – the electric S-Class. The first electric car will be launched in 2019, will be called the EQC and will roll out from the Bremen factory lines.
Another important news is that Mercedes will offer a hybrid or electric version for each series of conventional models, and the German company’s portfolio will be partially electrified over the next five years. Perhaps the biggest change of direction, however, will be achieved in the case of the smart brand, which by 2020 will become a 100% electric brand, abandoning the classic versions currently available.
For classic power trains, Mercedes announces for 2018 the proliferation of the 48V electric powertrain on four-cylinder engines and the first hybrid diesel version of the brand.