Mercedes invests billions in EV transition

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Mercedes invests billions in EV transition

German car manufacturer to ‘rebuild’ factories

In Germany they are not so sure that after 2035 there will be no new cars with fuel engines in the showrooms. If it is up to the FDP (the German equivalent of the VVD), cars that run on so-called eco-fuels may still be produced and sold within the EU after 2035. Whether that will actually happen? That remains to be seen. In any case, Mercedes, like many other German car manufacturers, has decided to prepare for a world without combustion engines. It spends billions of euros on this.

Production ‘electrify’

In the coming years, Mercedes will use that money to modernize and renovate its factories in China (Beijing), Germany (Rastatt, Sindelfingen and Bremen) and Hungary (Kecskemet) in order to significantly increase the production of EVs.

The car brand says in a conversation with Automobilweek that it wants to be ready by 2030 to be able to deliver EVs wherever it is needed. With this, the car brand refers to the sale of cars in countries where it is possible that no new vehicles with fuel engines may be sold much earlier than in 2035 (the European intended ‘deadline’).

Mercedes allocates several hundred million euros per factory for the ‘electrification’. In Rastatt, this will already start in the coming months. The brand’s first new generation of EVs should roll off the production line there in 2024.

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Mercedes wants to be able to deliver EVs wherever they are needed by 2030.

More sustainable production

In addition to increasing the production of EVs, part of the planned investments will also be used to make the factories and the production process more sustainable. Mercedes wants to make the factories more energy efficient and less dependent on fossil fuels. For example, natural gas is still used for spraying the cars. This must be replaced by a CO2-neutral solution.

In recent years, Mercedes has of course already put various EVs on the market. The EQB and EQE are two examples of this. For the (near) future, the German manufacturer is working on an electric car based on the Vision EQXX, a concept EV, among other things. And, if all goes well, there will also be an electric variant of the robust G-Wagon in 2024.

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