New Benz brand for elec­tric cars

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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