New Benz brand for electric cars
MERCEDES-BENZ is reportedly working on a new sub-brand for electric vehicles, which will supposedly include two new fully electric SUVs and two new all-electric sedans.
The German luxury carmaker plans to roll out the new vehicles before 2020, with the first prototype being introduced in September at the Paris Auto Show. It is expected that the vehicle will be an SUV, with a driving range of roughly 500 km.
In addition to the electric cars, Mercedes is planning its first all-electric heavy-duty delivery truck by the start of the next decade. The company recently unveiled its new concept truck, the Urban eTruck. It is a vehicle made for intra-city shipments.
Specifically designed for short runs and heavy construction, the truck will be a sign of the company moving into a new market. In addition, there will be an electric variation stemming from the company’s Smart brand of vehicles.
The company has also promised electric versions of each of the vehicles in the Smart city-car brand.
Mercedes currently offers the allelectric B250e, which is still a lowvolume vehicle, and the Smart fortwo Electric Drive.
Earlier this year, Mercedes said that the manufacturing of the new electric vehicles will take place at the facility in Bremen, Germany.
Starting in 2017, a fuel-cell electric GLC SUV should be in manufacturing stage and the car is expected to be able to tap both hydrogen and wall sockets for recharging.
The GLC F-Cell will be the first production fuel-cell vehicle to get a usable all-electric range capable of delivering a range of 50 km. Together, the battery and the fuel-cell offer a zero-emission range of 500 km.