While the Mercedes-Benz EQC is still not on sale in Canada (its arrival was postponed until early 2021), the German automaker has clear and specific plans for its future lineup of electric vehicles. And we now have more details about them.
After the EQC and EQB compact SUVs, the EQA subcompact crossover, the EQS full-size sedan (based on the sensational Vision EQS concept) and the EQV van, Mercedes-Benz is working on sedan and SUV variants of a midsize model called EQE as well as a large SUV derived from the EQS—all underpinned by a dedicated electric vehicle architecture.
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With an investment of €10 billion (approx. $15.7 billion), the manufacturer from Stuttgart expects to offer at least 10 different EQ models by the end of 2025.
Meanwhile, the AMG and Maybach sub-brands will start to go electric, too. Same thing for the iconic G-Class off-roader, as previously reported.
Many of these models, including the EQS that will become the company’s flagship EV with a range of more than 600 kilometres, are currently undergoing extensive testing as part of their advanced development phase.
Production will take place in Germany and, in some cases, China and the U.S. (Alabama). The big question is: how many EVs will Mercedes actually sell in North America and when? Launches in Europe are planned for 2021, 2022 and 2023, but as the EQC has shown, we will have to wait significantly longer here.
Ultimately, Mercedes-Benz wants all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to account for more than half of its total sales by 2030 and its new car fleet to become carbon neutral by 2039.