Mercedes-Benz EQ Electric Vehicles
Mercedes-Benz EQ electric vehicles were unveiled at the Paris International Auto Show, late 2016. The EQ brand stands for “Electric Intelligence” and includes all aspects of electric mobility, not just cars. Products and services include charging services, home energy services, and wall boxes. From a skeptics perspective, a separate electric vehicle brand could be seen as ring fencing by a company which is still not entirely sure about the future of electric vehicles. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the parent company, Daimler, stated that the new brand will consist of all Mercedes-Benz “electrification efforts”, with a goal of having it represent between 15% and 25% of global sales for the company by 2025, dependent on “the continued development of infrastructure and customer preferences.”
Along with the unveiling of the brand the company also introduced a close to production SUV which is expected to be commercially available by the end of the decade. Like Tesla Mercedes-Benz also provides charging infrastructure whereby owners can recharge at public charging stations through its “Charge&Pay” mobile app.
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, committed $11 billion to research and development of electric vehicles. Around $1 billion will be invested in the company’s lithium-ion battery subsidiary, Deutsche AACCUmotive with its manufacturing facility at Kamenz in Germany. The investment in Deutsche AACCUmotive will ensure that production targets will be met. The new generation of electric vehicles will be based on an architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models, which is scalable in every respect and usable across all models. The EQ brand’s vehicles will feature wireless charging.
To ensure it’s presence in the electric vehicle market, Daimler led an investment round of $82 million in ChargePoint during March 2017. ChargePoint is the largest charging network operator in the USA. The investment round will be focused on a European charging network. Other investors of previous rounds which include BMW i Ventures also showed support in the current round..
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2017 Week 13 - Daimler accelerates EV strategy
Daimler this week, after a board meeting in Berlin, announced that it would accelerate its $11 billion investment in electric vehicles by bringing it forward with three years from 2025, as announced last year to 2022. Reuters reported that the automaker’s aggressive stance are the result of it not being able to cut fleet emissions of 123gm CO2/km from 2015 to 2016 in Europe. Europe has set a very stringent target of 95gm CO2/km by 2020. Daimler’s own target for 2020 is 100gm CO2. The German automaker cites the popularity of SUV’s as the reason for it not cutting its emissions for the first time since 2007.
2016 Week 48 - Daimler to invest $11Bln in EV's
Reuters reported that Daimler plans to invest $11Bln in electric vehicle research and development. Daimler’s Research & Development Head, Thomas Weber was quoted in telling the German publication, Stuttgarter Zeitung that “By 2025 we want to develop ten electric cars based on the same architecture,”. The automaker targets increasing cruising ranges above 700km (430 miles).
2016 Week 39 - EQ unveiled
Mercedes finally publically unveiled its new all-electric car brand, the EQ (Electric Intelligence). The brand will develop a host of EV related services and products, not just cars, such as charging stations and battery packs. The first vehicle to come from the brand is targeted at the highly popular SUV segment, a clever move to differentiate the brand in this hotly contested sector. The Generation EQ SUV with a battery capacity of 70kWh providing a range of over 250miles powering two electric motors providing 300kW of power. The production version is expected to be launched in 2018.
2016 Week 32 - Sub-brand registered
Mercedes registered its EQ model series as it paves the ay for its MEQ sub-brand of electric vehicles. The EQ model series would be the company’s answer to the BMW i Series. The registration included the whole alphabet, from EQA to EQX slogans including ‘EQ inside’, ‘EQ boost’ and ‘Generation MEQ’.
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