Q&A DI­ETER ZETSCHE, MERCEDES CEO

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Will we see AMG EQ or May­bach EQ mod­els?

“At this point in time, if a Mercedes is elec­tric, it’s an EQ. The next ques­tion is will May­bach and AMG have elec­tric drive and, if so, is it an EQ? If we get to a point where we are 100% elec­tric, we could drop a sub-brand — which would be EQ — and then we will see more. AMG mod­els will be­come more elec­tri­fied as well. In the fore­see­able fu­ture, we will be talking about hy­brid AMGS. At some point in time, there will be a full-elec­tric AMG.”

How do you think elec­tric ve­hi­cle in­fra­struc­ture is com­ing along?

“[By in­vest­ing in the Ionity charg­ing net­work], we thought this would be a cat­a­lyst. We see en­cour­ag­ing devel­op­ments in some parts of the world — China for one. But we have seen dis­ap­point­ing devel­op­ments in other parts of the world as well. That, of course, will be a sig­nif­i­cant ob­sta­cle to us ramp­ing up EV sales.”

The Tesla Road­ster made its Euro­pean de­but on the same day as the EQC re­veal. Do you think that was strate­gic?

“Cer­tainly, com­mu­ni­ca­tions is an im­por­tant part of Tesla’s busi­ness sys­tem. I don’t care [what Tesla has done to­day]. I like [Elon Musk], we know each other and it’s fun once in a while to play games in pub­lic. But in prin­ci­ple, we try to come up with cars and sat­isfy our cus­tomers re­gard­less of what our ri­vals are do­ing.”

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