Mercedes-Benz Confirms Six New Models To Come From Their EQ Brand
The all-electric EQ brand Mercedes-Benz first revealed in 2016, has become increasingly popular, with an ever-growing demand for more models to be launched.
By 2022, the entire Mercedes-Benz Cars product range is set to be electrified, with EV alternatives available in every segment. This will include the 48-volt electrical system (EQ Boost), plug-in hybrids (EQ Power) and several all-electric vehicles (EQ).
The high-end German automotive manufacturer, renowned for combining top-spec performance with quality materials and luxury design, have now confirmed that six completely new EQ models are to be launched imminently.
One of these new models is the highly anticipated EQS, set to arrive in 2021 as the first model built on the brand’s new electric ‘architecture’. The EQS will be the only all-electric member in the upcoming 2021 S-Class range.
With the EQE business saloon and the SUV variants of EQS and EQE, further models based on the new EV architecture will follow soon.
Despite the current climate, the development of these new EQ models is running on schedule: at present, intensive test drives are being conducted mainly at the Test and Technology Centre in Immendingen, ‘to validate the production maturity’ says Mercedes-Benz.
In the compact class, production of the EQA, the fully electric brother of the GLA, will start later this year, followed by the EQB in 2021.
The manufacturer’s next generation of electric vehicles in the luxury and executive segment is based on a custom-developed ‘architecture’, which is scalable in every aspect and can be used across model series.
The wheelbase, track and all other system components, especially the batteries, are variable thanks to the modular design. This means the parts can be adapted to fit into a wide range of vehicle shapes, from saloons to large SUVs.
All new Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles will also use pioneering cross-sectoral technologies, for example, the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) control and display system or the driving assistance systems.
Christoph Starzynski, Vice-President Electric Vehicle Architecture at Mercedes-Benz and responsible for the EQ vehicles, commented: ‘The EQS will be the S-Class of electric vehicles. That is why it is undergoing the same demanding development program as any other vehicle that has the privilege of proudly bearing the three-pointed star.
‘In addition, there were quite a few tests specifically for electric cars that cover important development priorities such as range, charging and efficiency.’
Over the next 20 years, Mercedes-Benz claim they will have a carbon-neutral new passenger car fleet, endeavouring to have plug-in hybrids or all-electric vehicles make up more than 50% of its car sales by 2030. The manufacturer’s newfound charging system integration with BP should only help achieve this goal.
We are excited by Mercedes’ drive towards are more eco-conscious future, making life for EV drivers that much more convenient and efficient.
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