Mercedes says its new generation of electric vehicles will be based on a custom-developed architecture, which is scalable in every aspect and can be used across model series. The wheelbase and track as well as all other system components, especially the batteries, are variable thanks to the modular design. This vehicle architecture makes it possible to build Mercedes-Benz electric cars from saloons to large SUVs.
The EQS will allow customers in the luxury segment to fully benefit from all the advantages of an all-electric architecture with respect to space and design and with ranges of up to 700 km (according to WLTP, about 435 miles). At the same time, Mercedes-Benz has designed its vehicles and factories to be able to build different models flexibly on the same production lines.
The Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept car provided pointers to the progressive design of the coming EQS in September 2019. Further details of the design of the models EQS SUV, EQE business saloon and EQE SUV remain a secret to the public for the time being.
Mercedes-Benz will introduce the all-electric architecture in 2021. At the same time, the company will continue to electrify the most successful platforms. In addition to the EQC mid-size SUV and the all-electric EQV people carrier, customers in the compact car segment can look forward to two all-electric SUVs, the EQA and EQB. Production of the EQA, the fully electric brother of the GLA, will start later this year, followed by the EQB in 2021.
As part of its “Ambition 2039” initiative, Mercedes-Benz is working on offering a CO2-neutral new car fleet less than 20 years from now. The company wants electrically powered cars including all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to account for more than half of its sales already by 2030.