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Mercedes kicks off furious electric blitz with 620-mile sports concept

Mercedes kicks off furious ele...
Vision EQXX teaser shot
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Mercedes explores a more energy-dense higher-range EV with the Vision EQXX
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Mercedes explores a more energy-dense higher-range EV with the Vision EQXX
The Vision EQXX will debut in 2022
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The Vision EQXX will debut in 2022
Vision EQXX teaser shot
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Vision EQXX teaser shot
That looks like two door handles, indicating the Vision EQXX is a sporty sedan
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That looks like two door handles, indicating the Vision EQXX is a sporty sedan
Mercedes-EQ, EQS 580 4MATIC, Exterieur, Farbe: hightechsilber/obsidianschwarz, AMG-Line, Edition 1;( Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 20,0-16,9 kWh/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km);Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 20,0-16,9 kWh/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km* Mercedes-EQ, EQS 580 4MATIC, Exterior, colour: high-tech silver/obsidian black, AMG-Line, Edition 1; (combined electrical consumption: 20.0-16.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km);Combined electrical consumption: 20.0-16.9 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km
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Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan
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Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan
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Mercedes-Benz has made known its dedication to electrification in the past, and today it tightens the focus and shows just how dedicated it is. On the way to going 100 percent electric as early as 2030 (*where market conditions allow), the three-pointed star will preview a bright electric future with an energy-dense Vision EQXX concept car capable of traveling 1,000+ kilometers per charge.

Mercedes kicked off Thursday's electrification presentation by stating in clear terms that its near-future plans call for the "full and rapid electrification of products." By next year, it will have BEV options in every segment in which it sells vehicles, and by 2025 it will have BEV alternatives for every model it sells.

Also by 2025, all newly launched vehicle architectures will be electric-only, an effort that will begin with the launch of three pure-electric platforms that same year. The MB.EA platform will underpin medium to large-size electric passenger cars; the AMG.EA will slide under performance electric vehicles; and the VAN.EA will serve vans and other light commercial vehicles.

“The EV shift is picking up speed - especially in the luxury segment," says Ola Källenius, CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. "The tipping point is getting closer and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade."

Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan
Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan

Before it gets started rolling out a full array of all-electric platforms, Mercedes will preview the future with the Vision EQXX concept. Scheduled to debut in 2022, the concept is being designed to exceed 1,000 km (621 miles) per charge, using a multi-tiered strategy that includes increased energy density and optimized aerodynamics.

Working with experts from Mercedes-Benz's F1 High Performance Powertrain division, the EQXX team is pushing for energy density levels of more than 6 miles (10 km) per kWh at normal highway driving speeds. Mercedes says that the technological advances previewed on the concept will be adapted for possible integration into future electric platforms.

The Vision EQXX will debut in 2022
The Vision EQXX will debut in 2022

To meet the massive battery demands needed for its ambitious electric expansion, Mercedes will build eight Gigafactories with global partners to give it over 200 Gigawatt hours of battery cell capacity. Those factories will be in addition to nine planned factories for building battery systems.

Mercedes says that its next-gen batteries will be standardized for use in 90 percent of its cars and vans while flexible enough to meet the needs of individual customers. The automaker plans to collaborate on the development of a silicon-carbon composite anode and solid-state battery tech toward increasing energy density and decreasing charging times.

Mercedes' plans also call for the acquisition of British axial flux motor and electronics specialist YASA, implementation of a direct sales model, expansion of its 530,000-strong Mercedes me Charge AC/DC network in cooperation with Shell, and reduction of internal combustion and plug-in hybrid investments by 80 percent by 2026 (versus 2019). In total, Mercedes-Benz will invest more than €40 billion (approx. US$47 billion) in battery electric vehicles between 2022 and 2030.

Source: Daimler

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martinwinlow
"On the way to going 100 percent electric as early as 2030 (*where market conditions allow)..." *Please*! What the Dickens does that mean?!!! And do you mean '100% electric (as in non-hybrid) EV'?
guzmanchinky
That is EXCELLENT! I love my new E400 convertible but I wish it had come with an electric drive option...
Don Duncan
More BS from the dying legacy makers. I'm still buying an Aptera next year, or as soon as I can get one.
Expanded Viewpoint
Ay yi, yi,yi, yi, yi, yi. Will this contagion of "woke-ism" never die down? Do these car company execs all live in some kind of fairy tale land, where every one of their pipe dreams/brain farts come to pass? Don't any of them live in the real world of collapsing fiat currency economic systems? So what if they're "all electric" by 2030? Do they really think that they will be selling any of them then? And no one seems to mention that the power companies are NOT publicizing any plans to build up power generation plants, substations or transmission and distribution lines to charge up all of these electric cars that are supposed to be in our future!! Are they doing it in secret for some reason, or not doing it at all? Where will all of those megawatts of power come from? If just one or two car companies cranked out nothing but electrically powered cars, it might be OK, But to switch over all of our cars, trucks and buses to electric power, it won't work! Unless we take the Diesel fuels and gasoline and burn them to make electricity to charge up our new "zero emission" cars, trucks and buses.
Nelson Hyde Chick
Expanded Viewpoint: Our electrical usage swells and shrinks, so if charged at night there is already enough power generation to fill the bill.
Signguy
To "Expanded viewpoint" Well said; we don't have the infrastructure to handle all these electric cars, let alone the "Green dream". None of these fantasies will work, because we're to primitive and money/greed drives everything.
jerryd
You'd think they would know the powertrain isn't the problem or much of a factor, it's the load on the powertrain and that is aero, weight and tires that
determines wthr/mile.
Nor is 166wthr/mile that great as the Solectria Sunrise , a similar all composite aero EV did 100wthr/mile 24 yrs ago Boston to NYC on I-95 with 3 people onboard with 50 mile range left on 37kwh NiMH.
With lithium would be near 800 mile range.