Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update 2021 - will go all-electric, including Maybach, AMG, G-class

22 July 2021, 07:44:54

Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update 2021 - will go all-electric, including Maybach, AMG, G-classThe Mercedes-Benz Strategy Update 2021 is more than we expected. At the core of this updated strategy is the full and rapid electrification of all Mercedes-Benz products - a change from "EV First" to "EV Only". By 2025, the brand will launch an all-electric alternative for every model it makes. By 2030, it will be ready to go all-electric only.

One of the pillars for achieving the brand's goals is its technology plan. It is based on developing three electric architectures that will be presented in 2025. The first is the MB.EA for medium and large-size vehicles. The second is the AMG.EA for performance vehicle for the AMG brand. The third is VAN.EA for LCVs by Mercedes-Benz. Finally, there's the MMA platform for compact and mid-size vehicles which will also be introduced in 2025. These platforms will underpin a broad product portfolio. In 2021 alone, the brand is introducing four new BEVs - EQS, EQA, EQE, EQB. SUV versions of the EQE and EQS are also in the works and were teased during the presentation. Moreover, an all-electric Maybach was also teased and promised to see the light of day.

Further, AMG will take driving dynamics to a new level on top of a phenomenal electric drive train. In the context of the latter, Mercedes-Benz announced that it has acquired 100% of YASA - an Oxford, UK-based manufacturer of axial-flux motors. Its in-house developed technologies will be used for high-end electric motors that will power AMG's performance vehicles. In-house electric motors, such as the eATS 2.0, are a key part of the strategy with a clear focus on efficiency and the overall cost of the entire system, including inverters and software.

In the light of all this, Mercedes has decided to increase its goal for an xEV share from 25% to 50% in 2025.

In order to achieve its plans, the brand has calculated that it will need more than 200 GWh of battery capacity. And here's another pillar of Mercedes'Benz's technology plan - battery production. It announced it will have a total of 9 new gigafactories around the world. One will be in the USA producing batteries for Tuscaloosa and Charleston plants. Four will be built in Europe. For this, Mercedes has teamed up with currently an unnamed partner. A promise that the name will be revealed when the deal is finalized was made. Mercedes_benz is aiming to create highly standardized batteries with more than 90% of vehicles being based on a common battery platform. There are only two variables - cell chemistry and cell height.

Currently, Mercedes is using lithium-ion batteries with NMC811 cells offering 550 Wh/l energy density on the EQS. It will aim to increase energy density up to 900 Wh/l. Moreover, it seems Mercedes is betting strongly on solid-state batteries which will provide density exceeding 1000 Wh/l in a more compact form while increasing range and safety.

The third pillar of Mercedes'Benz's technology plan is the in-house development of electric motors. We already mentioned the acquisition of YASA for the production of axial-flux motors. For the other vehicles, Mercedes will optimize and further improve technologies for radial PMS motor with silicon-carbide inverters.

Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz is also aiming to receive core components that as close to 100% carbon neutrality as possible. For example, it has required 60% in Salzgitterag which supplies 100% recycled steel with less than 60% emissions. From 2025 on, the brand will use 100% CO2-free steel. As long as it concerns lithium, currently, EQS suppliers source raw materials for battery components only from IRMA-certified mines. Mercedes will aim at localizing of battery-grade lithium production in Europe and the USA.

Additionally, the quick ramp-up of BEVs requires a solid charging infrastructure. By cooperating with Chargepoint in the USA, Mercedes is able to offer access to almost 60,000 public charging points. 60,000 additional semi-public chargers will also be available (at shopping centers, office areas, etc.). All this makes Mercedes me Charge the largest integrated network in the USA. In Europe, Mercedes-Benz works with Ionity. It also plans to launch more than 30,000 additional charging points in Europe, China, and North America by 2025, and over 10,000 high-power chargers globally. To sum up, with Mercedes me Charge, users will have access to over 530,000 charging points globally.

Last but not least, a continuation of the carbon neutrality topic is carbon neutrality production. Factory 56 is already CO2-neutral and next year all passenger ar and battery assembly sites run by Mercedes-Benz will switch CO2-neutral production. Next year, 8 EVs will be produced in three continents with batteries from the brand's worldwide network.

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2022 Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 63.6 in / 1615 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2022 Audi e-tron S quattro

2022 Audi e-tron S quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 64.1 in / 1629 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2021 Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro

2021 Audi e-tron S Sportback quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 63.6 in / 1615 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2021 Audi e-tron S quattro

2021 Audi e-tron S quattro

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 193.0 in / 4902 mm
Height: 64.1 in / 1629 mm
Curb weight: 5941.46 lb / 2695 kg
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 95 kWh, Voltage: 396 V

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro Vorsprung

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 180.6 in / 4588 mm
Height: 63.5 in / 1614 mm
Curb weight: 4717.89 lb / 2140 kg
Electric motor #1: 150 kW, 310 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 70 kW, 150 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 82 kWh, Voltage: 400 V

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro Edition 1

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 180.6 in / 4588 mm
Height: 63.5 in / 1614 mm
Curb weight: 4717.89 lb / 2140 kg
Electric motor #1: 150 kW, 310 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 70 kW, 150 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 82 kWh, Voltage: 400 V

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron 50 quattro S Line

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 180.6 in / 4588 mm
Height: 63.5 in / 1614 mm
Curb weight: 4717.89 lb / 2140 kg
Electric motor #1: 150 kW, 310 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 70 kW, 150 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 82 kWh, Voltage: 400 V

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning PLATINUM Extended Range (710A)

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Location: Front
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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning LARIAT Extended Range (511A)

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Length: 232.7 in / 5911 mm
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Location: Front
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2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 205.6 in / 5223 mm
Height: 59.8 in / 1520 mm
Curb weight: 5853.27 lb / 2655 kg
Electric motor #1: 245 kW @ 4500 - 13500 rpm, 565 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 239 kW, 290 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 107.8 kWh, Voltage: 500 V

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 205.4 in / 5216 mm
Height: 59.5 in / 1512 mm
Curb weight: 5698.95 lb / 2585 kg
Electric motor #1: 245 kW @ 4500 - 13500 rpm, 565 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 140 kW, 290 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 107.8 kWh, Voltage: 500 V

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 205.4 in / 5216 mm
Height: 59.5 in / 1512 mm
Curb weight: 5467.46 lb / 2480 kg
Electric motor: 245 kW @ 4500 - 13500 rpm, 568 Nm, Location: Rear
Battery: 107.8 kWh, Voltage: 500 V

2022 Genesis GV60

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Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 177.8 in / 4515 mm
Width: 74.4 in / 1890 mm
Height: 62.2 in / 1580 mm
Curb weight: 4761.98 lb / 2160 kg
Electric motor #1: 160 kW, 350 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 160 kW, 350 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 77.4 kWh, Voltage: 800 V

2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6 Extended Range 4WD GT

Length: 184.8 in / 4695 mm
Height: 61.0 in / 1550 mm
Location: Rear
Location: Front
Battery: 77.4 kWh, Voltage: 697 V

2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6 Extended Range 4WD GT-Line S

Length: 184.8 in / 4695 mm
Height: 61.0 in / 1550 mm
Curb weight: 4530.5 lb / 2055 kg
Electric motor #1: 165 kW @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, 350 Nm @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 74 kW @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, 255 Nm @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, Location: Front
Battery: 77.4 kWh, Voltage: 697 V

2022 KIA EV6

2022 KIA EV6 Extended Range 4WD GT-Line

Length: 184.8 in / 4695 mm
Height: 61.0 in / 1550 mm
Curb weight: 4497.43 lb / 2040 kg
Electric motor #1: 165 kW @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, 350 Nm @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 74 kW @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, 255 Nm @ 4500 - 7700 rpm, Location: Front
Battery: 77.4 kWh, Voltage: 697 V

2022 BMW iX xDrive50

2022 BMW iX xDrive50

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 195.0 in / 4953 mm
Width: 77.4 in / 1967 mm
Height: 66.8 in / 1696 mm
Curb weight: 5379.28 lb / 2440 kg
Electric motor #1: 250 kW, 400 Nm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 200 kW, 352 Nm, Location: Front
Battery: 111.5 kWh, Voltage: 330.3 V

2022 BMW i4 M50

2022 BMW i4 M50

Doors: 5, Seats: 5
Length: 188.3 in / 4783 mm
Width: 72.9 in / 1852 mm
Height: 57.0 in / 1448 mm
Curb weight: 5048.59 lb / 2290 kg
Electric motor #1: 230 kW @ 8000 - 17000 rpm, Location: Rear
Electric motor #2: 190 kW @ 8000 - 17000 rpm, Location: Front
Battery: 83.9 kWh, Voltage: 398.5 V