is getting ready to go all electric by the end of the decade, where market
conditions allow. Shifting from electric-first to electric-only, the world’s
pre-eminent luxury car company is accelerating toward an emissions-free and
2022, Mercedes-Benz will have battery electric vehicles (BEV) in all segments
the company serves. From 2025 onwards, all newly launched vehicle architectures
will be electric-only and customers will be able to choose an all-electric
alternative for every model the company makes. Mercedes-Benz intends to manage
this accelerated transformation while sticking to its profitability targets.
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.
step marks a profound reallocation of capital. By managing this faster
transformation while safeguarding our profitability targets, we will ensure the
enduring success of Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to our highly qualified and motivated
workforce, I am convinced that we will be successful in this exciting new era,”
facilitate this shift, Mercedes-Benz is unveiling a comprehensive plan which
includes significantly accelerating R&D. In total, investments into battery
electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030 will amount to over Euros 40 billion.
Accelerating and advancing the EV portfolio plan will bring forward the tipping
point for EV adoption.
In 2025 Mercedes-Benz will launch three electric-only architectures:
MB.EA will cover all medium
to large size passenger cars, establishing a scalable modular system as the
electric backbone for the future EV portfolio.
AMG.EA will be a dedicated
performance electric vehicle platform addressing technology and performance
oriented Mercedes-AMG customers.
VAN.EA ushers in a new era for
purpose made electric vans and Light Commercial Vehicles, which will contribute
to emission free transportation and cities in the future.
Vertical integration: After
reorganising its powertrain activities to put planning, development, purchasing
and production under one roof, Mercedes-Benz will deepen the level of vertical
integration in manufacturing and development, and insource electric drive
technology. This step includes the acquisition of UK based electric motor company
With this deal, Mercedes-Benz gains access to
unique axial flux motor technology and expertise to develop next generation
ultra-high performance motors. In-house electric motors, such as the eATS 2.0,
are a key part of the strategy with a clear focus on efficiency and the overall
cost of the entire system, including inverters and software. China, the world’s
largest new energy vehicle (NEV) market, which is home to hundreds of companies
and suppliers specialized in EV components and software technologies, is
expected to play a key role in accelerating the Mercedes-Benz electrification
Batteries: Mercedes-Benz will need a
battery capacity of more than 200 Gigawatt hours and plans to set up eight
Gigafactories for producing cells, together with its partners around the world.
This is in addition to the already planned network of nine plants dedicated to
building battery systems. Next generation batteries will be highly standardized
and suitable for use in more than 90% of all Mercedes-Benz cars and vans while
being flexible enough to offer individual solutions to all customers.
regard to cell manufacturing, Mercedes-Benz intends to team up with new
European partners to develop and efficiently produce future cells and modules,
a step which ensures that Europe remains at the heart of the auto industry even
in an electric era. Cell production will give Mercedes-Benz the opportunity to
transform its established powertrain production network. By continuously
integrating the most advanced battery cell technology in cars and vans,
Mercedes-Benz aims to increase range during the production lifecycle of a
the next battery generation, Mercedes-Benz will work with partners like
SilaNano to further increase energy density by using silicon-carbon composite
in the anode. This will allow for unprecedented range and even shorter charging
times. When it comes to solid-state technology, Mercedes-Benz is in talks with
partners to develop batteries with even higher energy density and safety.
Charging: Mercedes-Benz is also working
on setting new standards in charging: “Plug & Charge” will allow customers
to plug-in, charge and unplug without extra steps needed for authentication and
payment processing. Plug & Charge will go live with the market launch of
the EQS later this year. Mercedes me Charge is already one of the world’s
largest charging networks and currently comprises more than 530,000 AC and DC
charging points worldwide.
Mercedes-Benz is working with Shell on expanding the charging network.
Customers will get enhanced access to Shell’s Recharge network consisting of
over 30.000 charge points by 2025 in Europe, China, and North America –
including over10.000 high-power chargers globally. Mercedes-Benz is also
planning to launch several premium-charging sites in Europe, which will offer a
bespoke charging experience with top-notch facilities.
VISION EQXX: Mercedes-Benz is currently
developing the Vision EQXX, an electric car with a real world range of more
than 1,000 kilometres, targeting a single-digit figure for Kwh per 100
kilometres (over 6 miles per Kwh) at normal highway driving speeds. A
multi-disciplinary team including experts from Mercedes-Benz’s F1 High
Performance Powertrain division (HPP) is making rapid progress towards the
project’s ambitious goals. The world premiere will be in 2022. Technological
advances made with Vision EQXX will be adapted and applied for potential use in
new electric architectures.
is currently preparing its global production network for electric-only output
with the pace of the ramp-up designed to follow market demand. Thanks to early
investments into flexible manufacturing, and the state-of-the art MO360
production system, Mercedes-Benz can mass produce BEVs already today. As soon
as next year, eight Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles will be produced at seven
locations on three continents. Furthermore all passenger car and battery
assembly sites run by Mercedes-Benz AG will switch to carbon neutral production
enhance manufacturing efficiency, Mercedes-Benz is joining forces with GROB, a
German global leader in highly innovative battery production and automation
systems, strengthening its battery production capacity and know-how. The
cooperation focuses on battery module assembly as well as pack assembly.
Mercedes-Benz also plans to install a new battery recycling factory in
Kuppenheim, Germany, to develop and secure recycling capacity and know-how.
Start of operations will be in 2023, depending on the outcome of promising
discussions with public authorities.