Mercedes-Benz is preparing for a widespread shift to electrification, including expanding its full-electric EQ brand into a full model range and a new “electric first” platform for compact and midsize cars.
The electric vehicles will be sold alongside equivalent combustion-engine models, which will gradually assume less importance in the automaker’s lineup. Mercedes said it will reduce the number of engine choices by 40 percent by 2025 and 70 percent by 2030.
Mercedes expects to have five pure EVs and 20 plug-in hybrids on the market by 2021, rising to 10 pure EVs and 25 plug-in hybrids by 2025. It currently has just two electric vehicles, the EQC midsize SUV and the EQV minivan.
The EQS luxury electric large sedan, which will be launched next year, will be followed on the same platform by the smaller EQE sedan and two SUV variants, said Ola Kallenius, CEO of Mercedes parent Daimler, said at the company’s capital markets day on Tuesday, which was streamed online.
Daimler did not offer any details on the coming EQ models, but they will likely match up with the E-Class sedan, as well as the GLE and GLE Coupe SUVs.