Mercedes-Benz has revealed a timeline for the debut of its upcoming six new EQ models. The carmaker had beforehand confirmed particulars of its expanded EQ all-electric vary which incorporates the EQA, EQB and the EQE and EQS sedans and SUVs, although it had not shared launch timelines for all the models.
- EQS to be first of the new expanded EQ vary to arrive in 2021
- Carmaker eyes vary of eight all-electric EQ models by the end of2022
- Expands plug-in-hybrid vary to 25 models by 2025
Time line for worldwide debut
The S-Class-sized EQS shall be the first of the new-generation EQ models to debut, in the first half of 2021, with manufacturing then beginning at the agency’s Sindelfingen plant in Germany.
Following the EQS shall be the EQA, a GLA-based small SUV set to be produced at Mercedes’ Rastatt plant in Germany and in Beijing, China. The bigger EQB may also be launched in 2021, with manufacturing centred in Hungary and Beijing.
The last mannequin to go into manufacturing earlier than the end of 2021 shall be the EQE, an E-Class-sized electrical “business sedan”. European vehicles shall be constructed at the agency’s plant in Bremen, Germany, with manufacturing additionally beginning in Beijing.
In 2022, Mercedes will introduce two SUVs to sit above the present EQC mannequin. The EQE and EQS SUVs will function the high-riding equivalents to the saloons of the similar title. Production of these models shall be centred in Tuscaloosa, US.
Mercedes EV offensive: Eight EVs by 2022; 25 PHEVs by 2025
Mercedes will supply a complete of eight absolutely electrical models (not together with Smarts) by 2022, together with an all-electric EQV electrical minibus. Many of these models shall be produced on the similar line as the normal combustion-engined vehicles. The EQS, for instance, shares a totally versatile line with the S-Class, whereas the US-built EQE and EQS SUVs will share their line with the GLE and GLS.
The EV offensive shall be complemented by a rise in plug-in hybrid models on supply. More than 20 completely different PHEV variants are already on sale, however that can rise to 25 by 2025.
A world battery manufacturing community is in place, with vegetation on three continents in international locations corresponding to Germany, Poland, the US, China and Thailand. The model predicts plug-in hybrids and full EVs to account for greater than half of its gross sales by 2030. An additional ambition is to guarantee all automotive and van vegetation are CO2 impartial from “as early as 2022”.
Board member for manufacturing and provide chain Jörg Burzer described the mannequin offensive as “a real Mercedes-EQ fireworks display”.
Burzer mentioned, “Six electric product launches by 2022 underscore the strength and competence of our Mercedes-Benz production sites worldwide. The production network will have a total of six Mercedes-EQ car locations. Local production of highly efficient battery systems plays a centre role in the Mercedes-Benz strategy – coupled with a comprehensive sustainability concept that spans the entire life cycle of the battery all the way to recycling.”
Mercedes’s plans for India
Coming to India Mercedes is about to herald a slew of new models in the coming months together with the second-gen GLA, the new A-class limousine, the all-new S-class luxurious limousine and the E-class facelift. Moving to the carmaker’s all-electric EQ vary, Mercedes launched its EQC all-electric SUV in India earlier this yr. While there’s nonetheless time until the debut of the relaxation of the EQ vary in worldwide markets, the carmaker might think about introducing some of the models from its vary in India at a later stage.
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