On a path toward CO2 neutrality, Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce electric variants of the Mercedes-AMG and Maybach subbrands, as well as the G-Class off-roader.
Daimler CEO Ola Källenius says:
We feel that for the master brand, Mercedes, including the subbrands, there is very good growth and profit opportunity for us with electrification.
An all-electric Mercedes-AMG model should arrive next year. High-performance AMG vehicles have lower fuel economy due to larger-displacement V6 and V8 engines in them.
Electrification of the AMG line will allow the company to reduce the overall fleet emissions considerably. An electric powertrain produces a nice boost in low-end torque. This means a good acceleration performance for AMG, and a nice towing performance for the G-Class.
As for a pure electric Maybach, the carmaker promises to launch it in about three years or even a little shorter.
Currently Mercedes has only two electric vehicles – the EQC compact crossover and the EQV minivan.
By the end of next year, the company plans to launch 5 battery-electric cars and 20 plug-in hybrids worldwide. This quantity will grow to10 BEVs and 25 PHEVs by 2025.
EV Strategy for the U.S.
Earlier Mercedes planned to debut the EQC (a battery version of the GLC top-seller) in the USA in 2020, but then changed mind.
Källenius said they would begin “from the top and then go from there”, meaning the EQS to be the first EV the brand launches in America.
The EQS sedan with WLTP-rated 430 miles of range is slated to arrive in the country in the summer of 2021.
The company believes that anything less than a 250-mile EPA range will be probably a non-starter for a premium brand in the U.S. market.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC crossover has a 80-kWh battery and can cover 290 miles (NEDC) on a full charge (aprox. 203 mi according to EPA standard). The EQC will likely arrive in the USA in 2022.
Source: Automotive News