2021 seems to be the year of the electrification of the automotive world. Major automakers from all corners of the industry have made announcements that describe sweeping changes in the way their products are developed, manufactured and sold, nearly all of which include a significant shift to electric vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz is the latest global automaker to signal its electrification ambitions, including full focus on developing platforms and technologies exclusively for electric vehicles from 2025.
The automaker says that by 2022 it will offer an electric vehicle in every segment it serves. The real change, however, comes in 2025 and beyond.
All newly developed vehicle architecture from this point on will be electric only, and the company will offer an EV alternative in every vehicle it manufactures.
Mercedes EV plans?
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Mercedes will deploy three EV platforms in 2025. They include:
- MB.EA : will cover all medium to large passenger cars and will be a modular and scalable system
- AMG.EA : Dedicated performance EV platform
- VAN.EA : dedicated EV platform for vans and light commercial vehicles
To accomplish this ambitious plan, Mercedes is making some changes to its organizational structure and invests billions of euros in facilities and technologies.
The automaker has announced that it will revamp its
Mercedes believes it will need 'a battery capacity of over 200 gigawatt hours and will build eight Gigafactories to meet this demand.
Thanks to investments and partnerships with targeted companies in the field of electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz says it is developing more efficient and flexible batteries and notes that it is in talks to develop a solid-state battery technology.
The Mercedes plan includes financial and social considerations human resources, with employee retraining roadmaps and potential early retirement / buy-back plans for some.
The automaker says it will create 3,000 new software engineering jobs to develop its new MB.OS operating system around the world. The company also stresses that its switch to electrification will not come at the expense of its financial stability.