Mercedes will start mass production of electric vehicles
Mercedes-Benz, the world’s largest car manufacturer class “luxury”, will begin serial production of electric vehicles in the first half of 2019 and will be the main competitor to Tesla.
On the launch of a new line EQ announced CEO of Daimler, Dieter Zetsche, during a presentation model SUV Mercedes EQC. According to him, the company has invested more than $12 billion in this project. For the production of new cars do not plan to create a separate factory. Assembly EQC will be engaged at the Bremen plant on the same areas as conventional models.
Mercedes and other brands known for their high quality, started to develop electric vehicles after the growth in the demand for Tesla Model S among wealthy buyers. Daimler plans by 2022 to offer 10 fully electric cars. To do this, the automaker will spend about $1.2 billion to create 8 installations for the production of batteries around the world.
New EQC will be able to drive 450 km without recharging and up to 100 km will accelerate in 5.1 seconds. The cost of the first model is still unknown, but the cheapest analog competitors starts at $69.5 thousand
In addition to the increase interest in electric vehicles, a Mercedes solution due to the tightening of standards for internal combustion engines. For example, Britain and France are planning to ban them for 10 years. In addition, recently the Ministry of transport of Germany was forced to withdraw 774 thousand due to the fact that they are the actual indicators of the level of pollution exceeded the declared.
Russian designers also are developing in this direction. Concern “Kalashnikov” will soon be selling domestic electric car.