The end of gasoline and diesel cars could come much earlier than planned at Mercedes, reports the Handelsblatt. So far, the final farewell is planned for the year 2039, but the group is now examining an earlier transformation: According to this, the premium provider could only deliver new cars with electric drives five or eight years earlier. Mercedes would then be a pure Stromer builder by the middle of the next decade at the latest. As a symbol of the realignment, the next generation of the S-Class luxury sedan expected in 2028 could only be offered electrically.
The upcoming electric S-Class counterpart EQS introduces the new EVA electric platform, on which the EQE in the E-Class segment and SUV versions of EQS and EQE are also based. In the middle of the decade, new compact and medium-sized electric cars are to follow on the new “Electric first” MMA architecture.
The new platforms will not be used until 2027 or 2028, but due to the development cycles in car manufacturing, they will have to be determined by 2022. So far, Mercedes is planning platforms that will continue to allow combustion systems.
The best electric cars can, however, be realized with architectures designed exclusively for the alternative drive type. Källenius and his team should consider that the MMA will be the last new architecture to be built in large numbers of combustion engines.
The current targets for the sale of electric cars and plug-in hybrids envisage a quarter by 2025, half by 2030. “I can very well imagine that we will correct these targets upwards,” said the Daimler boss Business newspaper. He did not want to comment on an earlier exit from the world of combustion engines.
Daimler’s truck division, which will be independent in the future, will also be electrified, albeit at a slower pace than the passenger car division. In addition to the battery drive, electric vehicles with additional hydrogen fuel cell technology for greater range and faster refueling are also on the program. “
The use of fuel cells is right for trucks,” said Daimler Truck boss Martin Daum dem Handelsblatt. However, the diesel engine will be indispensable for commercial vehicles for a long time to come. “Daimler Truck will be burner-free much later than Mercedes-Benz AG,” said Daum.