Daimler Stepping Up Their Electric Vehicle Game
A big announcement from Daimler today - a commitment to invest more than seven billion euro in green tech over the next two years with an eventual goal of adding electric motors to every vehicle series in their lineup.
New electric motor in the E 350 e. The new electric motor is the product of the EM-motive Joint Venture and was specifically developed for the 9G-TRONIC plug-in-hybrid transmission
*Smart will offer its entire model range on battery power. Although they have a small lineup, they will be the first to provide all of their combustion vehicles with a battery electric counterpart.
*Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL, a fuel-cell vehicle with plug-in technology.
*Daimler is developing a battery-electric vehicle architecture.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development:
"We are investing massively in electromobility, and we are convinced that the market is now ready. With the new vehicles we offer, we want to impress the benefits of the new mobility on car owners who have not yet opted for an electric vehicle."
The fourth generation Smart Fortwo and a new smart Forfour are to be released by the end of this year.
This will give Smart the Fortwo coupe electric drive (or ED), Fortwo cabrio ED, and Forfour ED. Daimler will be showing these off for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016. So far, the Forfour ED is only being marketed in Europe.
The electric motor of the new Smart electric drive. The fourth generation of the smart electric drive will be making its debut later this year.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL, with plug-in fuel cell technology will launch in 2017. Fuel cell tech is part of Daimler's current strategy. Like others pursuing fuel cell tech, Daimler sees the benefits of fuel cell, long operating range and short refueling stops as well as a broad spectrum of possible uses ranging from passenger cars to urban buses. A new generation of vehicles is being launched starting in 2017 based on the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Daimler's engineers have developed what they're calling the F-CELL, a compact fuel-cell system which fits into conventional engine compartments. The GLC F-CELL also includes a lithium-ion battery which will be somewhere around 9 kWh once released. The battery serves as an additional energy source for the electric motor and can be charged externally by means of plug-in technology, which is an industry first. Whether or not this catches on, or has any really significance, only the future will tell. The system is designed to allow a full refueling of hydrogen in in under three minutes, and a port to use standard battery electric vehicle charging stations, presumably at level 1 or 2.
The drive system of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL. The next generation Mercedes-Benz fuel cell electric vehicle will use F-CELL PLUG-IN technology.
In terms of electric vehicle development, the most exciting announcement is the development of a multi-model electric vehicle architecture for battery-powered vehicles. This sounds much like what Musk's approach has been and holds great promise if they can pull it off. The first model is to be launched onto the market before the end of the decade. Which doesn't sound all that great, but at least they are confirming that this is coming. Also, expect anything that Daimler is willing to release with the Mercedes emblem on it to be well constructed. The lithium-ion battery comes from the Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE and allows ranges of up to 500 km.
The first model built according to the intelligent vehicle concept from Mercedes-Benz will be launched before the end of this decade and allows pure battery electric ranges of up to 500 km.
Today's announcement comes after a major February announcement about investing 30 million euro to build charging infrastructure. Their goal is to have all future managers drive electrified company vehicles. While they are including plug-in hybrids as well, it represents a further commitment from Daimler to a future of electric mobility.
"We are continuing on the path of zero-emission driving with consistency", stated Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales and Marketing.
Finally, in today's announcement Prof Dr Weber went on to confirm that Mercedes-Benz, an icon of the automotive luxury market, will be adding electric motors to every series of vehicles they produce.
In today's announcement Prof Dr Weber also stated "As a matter of fact, no other manufacturer offers a comparable range of electrified vehicles and solutions in the field of electric mobility. The spectrum ranges from the smart city runabout and attractive Mercedes-Benz passenger cars to buses, coaches, and trucks of the Fuso brand. We will electrify all Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series step by step".
Road to the future: Electric vehicles: smart fortwo electric drive, smart BRABUS electric drive, B 200 e, SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, B-Class F-CELL & prototypes GLC F-CELL and smart fortwo electric drive / Plug-in-Hybrids: S 500 e, C 350 e Sedan and Estate, E 350 e, GLC 350 e 4MATIC, GLC 350 e Coupé 4MATIC, GLE 500 e 4MATIC
After these two announcements it seems that Daimler is serious and ready to push to be number one in the electric vehicle market.