Daimler AG announced its EV strategy and revised its global target. Now this goal is not called EV-first, but EV-only. But Daimler will be very careful in this direction. According to the head of the concern, Ola Kallenius, Mercedes is ready to completely switch to electric vehicles by the end of this decade. But under one important condition: this will happen only in countries where the market is ready for such a step.
The closest electric novelty this year will be the Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan (analogous to the traditional E-Class model). In 2022, two crossovers are expected to debut, which the company tentatively named EQE SUV and EQS SUV (including the Maybach version). By the end of next year, Mercedes-Benz will be producing eight electric models at seven factories.
In the future, there will be electric versions of other Mercedes-Benz models, including the G-Class. The new symbol of the shift to an electric drivetrain should be the Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept, whose teasers have not yet been published. The concept will have an aerodynamic body and a range of over 1,000 kilometers. The concept should debut in 2022.
By 2025, the company plans to increase the share of electric vehicles (including hybrids) in sales to 50 percent, up from 25 percent so far. By the way, one of the important markets for the implementation of this plan is China, where the demand for electric vehicles is especially high.
Daimler has not yet stipulated either a complete rejection of the internal combustion engine, or the release date of the “latest model”. However, after 2025, the concern will create only power platforms, and at the same time will present three universal architectures for different market segments – MB.EA, AMG.EA and VAN.EA platforms. The MB.EA platform will form the basis of medium and large passenger cars. The AMG.EA platform is designed for sports models, while the VAN.EA architecture is for light commercial models.
From 2022 to 2030, Daimler intends to invest 40 billion euros in electric vehicles. Part of the budget will be spent on magnetic flux axial motors that are more compact and more economical than existing electric motors. To this end, Daimler AG intends to acquire the British company Yasa, which has been producing electric motors since 2009.
Work is already underway on unified batteries, from which traction batteries will be made for 90 percent of the cars that will be produced, silicon-carbon anode batteries will appear soon, and in the future, solid-core batteries.
It is planned to build eight new giga factories with a total capacity of 200 gigawatts per year for the production of batteries. The location of these factories has not yet been determined, partners are being sought. A recycling plant for old batteries will be launched in 2023 in Kuppenheim, Germany.
All this does not exclude the modernization of existing gasoline and diesel platforms until 2025 or the creation of new ones. It should be noted that by 2026, investments in the development of internal combustion engines and hybrid systems are planned to be reduced by 80% compared to 2019.