Mercedes-Benz read­ies for elec­tric fu­ture

The Witness - Wheels - - TRENDS -

THE in­ven­tor of the mo­tor­car, Mercedes-Benz has de­tailed its plans for elec­tric cars at the Paris Mo­tor show.

Mem­ber of the board of man­age­ment of Daim­ler AG with re­spon­si­bil­ity for Mercedes-Benz cars sales, Ola Käl­le­nius, said elec­tric drives are the fu­ture, which is why Daim­ler is in­vest­ing mas­sively in a new brand, EQ, which stands for elec­tric in­tel­li­gence, as well as a bat­tery-elec­tric fleet and in bat­tery tech­nol­ogy — in­clud­ing as an en­ergy store for pri­vate and in­dus­trial use. Mercedes-Benz al­ready of­fers a suit­able charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture for elec­tric cars, in­clud­ing a wall­box as a fast-charg­ing sta­tion for the home, the free app “Charge&Pay” for con­ve­nient recharg­ing at public charg­ing sta­tions, as well as — for home-own­ers and busi­nesses — sta­tion­ary en­ergy stor­age units for the power gen­er­ated by pho­to­voltaic or so­lar sys­tems. Mercedes Benz Cars aims to have over 10 al­l­elec­tric ve­hi­cles in its port­fo­lio and is in­vest­ing €1 bil­lion in its global bat­tery pro­duc­tion net­work, half of which will go into a sec­ond bat­tery fac­tory at the site in Ka­menz, Sax­ony.

The con­cept ve­hi­cle “Gen­er­a­tion EQ”, which cel­e­brates its world pre­miere in Paris, pro­vides a con­crete pre­view of a com­pletely new gen­er­a­tion of ve­hi­cles from Mercedes Benz while show­cas­ing the ben­e­fits for cus­tomers from the close link­ing of all four CASE pil­lars. At the same time, the con­cept ve­hi­cle rep­re­sents the start­ing sig­nal for the new EQ brand, un­der which Mercedes Benz is bring­ing to­gether all its elec­tric-mo­bil­ity ac­tiv­i­ties. The ve­hi­cle comes with ex­ten­sive in­fo­tain­ment fea­tures, an in­duc­tive charg­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, which re­quires no cable, and au­to­mated driv­ing func­tions. The elec­tric drive sys­tem has a range of up to 500 kilo­me­tres.

Käl­le­nius said the elec­tric cars un­veiled at the Paris Mo­tor Show demon­strate that at­trac­tive and high-per­form­ing elec­tric cars will soon dom­i­nate the streetscape. The cars use two elec­tric mo­tors on the front and rear axles, which pro­duce a to­tal out­put of up to 300 kW, de­pend­ing on con­fig­u­ra­tion. In com­bi­na­tion with the in­tel­li­gent op­er­at­ing strat­egy from Mercedes-Benz, the “Gen­er­a­tion EQ” has a range of up to 500 kilo­me­tres. The all-new con­trol and dis­play con­cept for “Gen­er­a­tion EQ” dis­penses with tra­di­tional switches, ex­cept for the elec­tric seat ad­just­ment typ­i­cal of Mercedes.

In the driver-ori­ented cock­pit, the fo­cus is on sim­ple, touch-based con­trol. The dig­i­tal user ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­en­ti­ates the “Gen­er­a­tion EQ” from the fa­mil­iar con­trol logic of to­day’s ve­hi­cles, while giv­ing a peek into the fu­ture of user in­ter­ac­tion at Mercedes-Benz.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Daim­ler sees a fu­ture of elec­tric ve­hi­cles and is in­vest­ing mas­sively in a new brand, EQ, which stands for elec­tric in­tel­li­gence.

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