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