Mercedes-Benz Will Go Completely Carbon-Neutral By 2039

Carbon dioxide emissions are a very delicate topic in the automotive industry, and every big player knows this. But they’re not just talking about cutting down on CO2 emissions – they’re actually taking measures to do so, with the top goal being complete carbon-neutrality or zero-emissions.

Mercedes-Benz’s Passenger Car Division will go carbon-neutral over the next 20 years. They made the announcement during a press event, where they revealed the ‘Ambition2039’ plan. The first move will be to have more than half of the new cars on sale with electric or plug-in hybrid powertrains by 2030, followed by complete carbon neutrality by 2039.

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“Let’s be clear what this means for us: a fundamental transformation of our company within less than three product cycles”, said Ola Kallenius, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “That’s not much time when you consider that fossil fuels have dominated our business since the invention of the car by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler some 130 years ago. But as a company founded by engineers, we believe technology can also help to engineer a better future.”

The German automaker will also electrify their vans, trucks and buses. Their main focus is on battery-electric mobility, but since it’s uncertain what drivetrain mix will best serve customers in 20 years’ time, they won’t give up on alternative fuels either. Thus, hydrogen-powered vehicles, like the GLC F-Cell, will continue to evolve and the technology will eventually find its way into their city buses.

Mercedes is not only encouraging the development of green cars, but they want to do so by using green energy. To that end, the Sindelfingen plant already uses renewable energy and all of the company’s European factories will follow suit by 2022. Suppliers will eventually have to comply with carbon-neutrality as well.

“This transformation is a huge challenge – technologically and financially. After all, we want to make sustainable mobility even more exciting, not more expensive”, added Kallenius. “And of course this is also about sustainable business results. How do we deal with this? One way would be to shy away and just try to safeguard the status quo. But that would not serve our purpose – and certainly not our future. So, we prefer doing what our founders have done: They became system architects of a new mobility without horses. Today, our task is individual mobility without emissions.”

Last, but most definitely not least: carbon-neutrality doesn’t spell the death out of internal combustion engines, at least not in the foreseeable future, and not as far as performance cars, such as those developed by AMG, are concerned. After all, Merc’s performance brand has always announced that it will use electric turbochargers in its future cars as an efficient means of eliminating turbo lag – and more “green” tech will probably follow in the future.


  • yonceous

    mercedes is doing it right

    • Exotics

      Not ambitious. Too far away. Tesla is the only one doing it right. VW is next

      • yonceous

        them too

  • I don’t belive this would happen in 20 years if they want to stay in buisness. Their electric cars are just coming out, they can’t make good hybrids, unless China, Europe and US/Canada introduce laws, their clients will still want petrol luxury cars.

    • Dark Rebel

      Not to mention that we can’t even make a phone battery that lasts longer than five years that retains at least a 95% charge capacity. If we really want to be sustainable, the batteries must last longer than the average lifetime of any ICE vehicle. Some ICE vehicles last a decade without having the replace the drivetrain. For an electric vehicle I consider the battery pack and motors the drivetrain. With the current crop of batteries they may last a decade but have a significantly reduced charge capacity. This is a problem because assuming the ICE vehicle owner maintained their car, they can still get close to the original efficiency of the vehicle when purchased. Sure people will say just replace the batteries but where do those go? Currently we do not recycle those big packs.

  • Dark Rebel

    Sure they will put together the vehicles in a “carbon” neutral plant. However the materials come from places that use fossil fuels to get to the precious elements. Not to mention the ships that carry the materials and all of their future carbon neutral vehicles in the future. If Europeans really wanted to be carbon neutral they would invest more in nuclear energy and stop the coal plants. All these European companies right now are doing is pandering and virtue signaling to the masses since they have to. If Berlin/Brussels is serious about this they really need to plan for the future electric grid of Europe. No politician has really addressed this very serious issue. No point if we have to burn more coal and emit more of what we are told is bad.

  • Christian Wimmer

    I am going to hold on to my dead dinosaur-burning Benz for as long as possible. Love the sound, the feel and the convenience of an ICE engine (range and quick refueling). I love cars, but I just can’t get passionate about EVs…

    • Exotics

      There is no convenience in having to go to a gas station to refill finite toxic poisonous fuel into your dinosaur. Woke up with a full charge today. Charged by solar panels.

      I also love the sound of your car, as I accelerate away from it and leave it in the dust 😉

    • liams92

      Sound is less appealing when you realise it is just wasted energy. I love the moment the engine cuts out when I get to traffic lights with start-stop, it’s bliss and EV’s have that serene silence all the time. The amount of cars I see making a racket and hardly moving is laughable.

  • Kapi19

    good bye sport car industry by 2039, noise of the engine is important.

    • Exotics

      Put your mouth over your exhaust pipe while your car is on and then come back and tell me noise is important.. that is… if you’re still conscious.

      Noise of the engine is not important. It’s loud and annoying and sounds slow and embarrassing and like a try hard. You’ll realize this soon

  • Exotics

    They said 2025 first. Terrible. Should be Carbon Zero.

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