2021 looks set to be the year of electrification for the automotive world. Major automakers from all corners of the industry have made announcements outlining sweeping changes in the way their products are developed, manufactured and sold, nearly all of which include a significant shift to electric vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz is the latest global automaker to announce its electrification ambitions, including a full focus on developing EV-only platforms and technologies from 2025.
The automaker says it will offer an electric vehicle in every segment it serves by 2022. However, the real shift will come in 2025 and beyond.
All newly developed vehicle architecture will be electric-only from then on, and the company will offer an alternative to EV in every vehicle it makes.
What do Mercedes’ EV plans look like?
Mercedes will roll out three EV platforms in 2025. These include:
- MB.EA: Will cover all medium to large passenger cars and will be a scalable, modular system
- AMG.EA: Dedicated Performance EV Platform
- FROM.EA: Dedicated EV platform for vans and light commercial vehicles
To realize this ambitious plan, Mercedes is making some changes to its organizational structure and investing billions of euros in facilities and technologies.
The automaker says it will reorganize its powertrain division to bring planning, development, procurement and production under one roof. Once that is complete, Mercedez-Benz will bring in-house development and technology for electric powertrains, including the acquisition of YASA, a UK-based electric motor company.
Mercedes thinks it will need a battery capacity of more than 200 Gigawatt hours and will build eight Gigafactories to meet that demand.
Through investments and partnerships with targeted companies in the EV space, Mercedes-Benz says it will develop more efficient and flexible batteries and notes that it is in talks to develop solid-state battery technology.
The Mercedes plan includes financial and human resource considerations, with roadmaps for employee retraining and possible early retirement/buy out plans for some.
The automaker says it will create 3,000 new software engineering jobs to develop its new MB.OS operating system worldwide. The company also emphasizes that the switch to electrification will not come at the expense of financial stability.