We had already heard about Mercedes’ EV ambitions, but now we get to find out more about the upcoming EQ range, which will include the EQA hatchback, the EQB compact SUV and the EQS flagship luxury sedan, aside from the EQC SUV.
Mercedes also plans to introduce an electric version of the V-Class by 2022 while Smart will add three models to the EQ range, with the Fortwo, Fortwo Cabriolet and Forfour. That brings the total up to eight electric vehicles. Daimler’s ninth EV is most likely an EQA-based saloon, aimed at the Asian market and more specifically China.
“With the EQC – the first fully electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz – we are flipping the switch. Electric drive is a major component in the mobility of the future,” said Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s CEO at the EQC’s reveal event. “We are therefore investing more than 10 billion euros ($12 billion) in the expansion of our EQ model portfolio, and more than one billion euros in global battery production.”
Mercedes will build the EQC in Bremen and in Beijng, with the latter aimed at the Chinese market. The carmaker also said that the upcoming executive and luxury battery-electric vehicles will be produced at its Sindelfingen plant. Compact electric models will be produced in Rastatt and in Hambach. Mercedes also noted that in the future, all SUV models under the EQ brand will be produced by the Tuscaloosa plant. Finally, the company plans to build the rumored EQA-based saloon in Beijing, alongside the EQC.