Mercedes-Benz expects to have factories producing completely electrical autos (EVs) by the second half of the last decade however will avoid constructing EV-only crops, as an alternative protecting manufacturing strains versatile in step with market demand.
The carmaker foresees a few of its manufacturing strains inside factories switching totally to electrical even sooner, manufacturing chief Joerg Burzer stated in an interview with Reuters.
“Constructing a complete new battery-electric automobile manufacturing facility takes time. We’ve taken one other strategy,” Burzer stated.
“We will definitely have some strains producing solely electrical autos within the subsequent few years… we additionally see entire factories switching to electrical – that could be a subject for the second half of the last decade.”
The premium carmaker will launch manufacturing of its EQE mannequin, revealed final September on the IAA Mobility present, in Bremen later this yr, adopted by Beijing and Tuscaloosa.
Mercedes is betting on the mannequin, an electrical adaptation of the E-class with a peak vary of 660km, to spice up EV unit gross sales because it shifts funding away from inside combustion autos and in direction of electric-only manufacturing platforms.
“With the ramp-up of the EQE in Bremen and later in Beijing, we’re coming right into a phase the place we will ship at far increased volumes,” Burzer stated.
Simply 2.3 % of Mercedes-Benz Automobiles’ gross sales final yr had been battery-electric autos, rising to 11 % together with plug-in hybrids, which have each an engine and a battery.
As of 2025, it expects electrical and hybrid electrical vehicles to make up 50 % of gross sales, with all-electric vehicles anticipated to account for many of that.
Current fashions are all being inbuilt factories additionally producing inside combustion engine autos, with batteries transported by rail from the primary plant in Sindelfingen to crops in Germany and Hungary.
Down the road, battery meeting and manufacturing could possibly be introduced nearer to automobile crops because the design of autos develops to combine the battery extra intently into the automobile, Burzer stated.
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