Mercedes-Benz Confirms That It’s “Well Advanced” In Effort To Build Pure Electric Car

1 year ago by Mark Kane 24

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Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 e 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 e 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz GLC 350 e 4MATIC

Mercedes-Benz intends to introduce its hydrogen fuel cell GLC in 2017 with range of up to 300 miles, which will be followed by 4 all-electric models.

D.r Thomas Weber, who is in charge of R&D, confirmed that company is “well advanced” in its long-range pure electric model developments.

Unveiling is expected at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, while sales could begin in 2018 (just in time to compete with Audi).

“He declined an invitation to reveal which existing Mercedes model would be used as the car’s basis (a Tesla Model S competitor is strongly rumoured), or to say exactly when it would hit the market, although it’s expected to have its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show before arriving in showrooms the year after. Weber did however confirm that the car would have a range of 250 to 300 miles and be the first vehicle to use a set of modular components that could be shared by hybrid and electric models across the group.”

On the FCV, Weber honestly admitted that cost of this type of drivetrain is too high, which makes them viable only for high-end models:

“The technology has matured greatly in recent years, with improved packaging and efficiency, but it remains in its infancy and is still quite expensive by conventional driveline standards.”

Source: Autocar

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24 responses to "Mercedes-Benz Confirms That It’s “Well Advanced” In Effort To Build Pure Electric Car"

  1. offib says:

    Ah sure you will.

    1. ffbj says:

      ahh,sigh..exactly.

  2. R.S. says:

    Funny, it seems that the German automotive industry has developed a kind of herd like behavior over the time. If one does it the others follow closely. I bet between 2018 and 2020 we will be swamped by Model S/X competitors. Tesla should better be ready by then to not only have to rely on those two. Although they might still sell in high quantities, the market for luxury EVs will get a lot more crowded.

    1. evcarnut says:

      I think their motto is.,”If you can’t tell the truth., Baffle them with ********

    2. Foo says:

      If you buy a German-made EV, be sure to double-check it for a hidden diesel exhaust, though.

  3. jelloslug says:

    I’m more interested on how they plan on charging their cars for long trips.

    1. mr. M says:

      at home 😉

  4. Get Real says:

    Meanwhile, Tesla Model S plus Super Charger network continues to seriously erode their market share so they might want to hurry.

  5. evcarnut says:

    Little did we know But.,The Infrastructure was always there & still exist today in Shermany..

  6. The German government will take very good care of the infrastructure… for German auto manufacturers.

    Therefore, if they need chargers for German cars in Germany, lo and behold, that’s what they’ll get (including laws to protect German auto manufacturers from those bad people at Tesla and Nissan).

    1. Heisenberght says:

      +1000

      What you just said is the most likely thing to happen.

      I wonder if Tesla anticipated that and therefore already installed 9% of all superchargers to Germany. The only remaining question is : will the German government find a way to shut down this already existing network?

    2. ffbj says:

      Right. They already forgave (settled) VW. The only thing keeping VW afloat.

    3. Braben says:

      What are you talking about? The German manufacturers will all use CSS, which is an industry standard. If you want to blame someone of building a walled garden, it’s obviously Tesla with their proprietary system.

      1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

        German/American EV (non-)makers are also at fault with their CCS “square wheel bicycle invention”. They should have used Chademo that was already in practical use when they “invented” new bicycle to slow competitors down. Chademo is also JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) now.

        Sure, Tesla is absolute champion at this market fragmentation effort. Should they used Chademo plug, CCS maybe never succeeded and we would have single charging network.

  7. ffbj says:

    On one amusing note Musk admitted, in the conference call, that the Model X was problematic partly due to how well it was made and all the things it included.

    In my view what was a problem for Tesla will be an even bigger problem for the legacy car makers. In that they won’t be able to make anything better.

    Don’t hold your breath for any of these often reported “Tesla Killers” that never seem to materialize.

  8. MikeG says:

    Amused that MB would talk about their plans to release a FCV in 2017 given the current state of the refueling infrastructure.

    Why tout a 300 mile car that can be refueled in 5 minutes when current owners of FCV are having trouble half-filling their tanks?

    1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

      H2 infrastructure is more American problem than European. It is mostly fine in Germany and around. “Half tank” scarecrow is going away as old stations are upgraded to new higher pressure standard.
      http://www.netinform.net/H2/H2Stations/H2Stations.aspx?Continent=EU&StationID=-1
      http://www.shell.com/media/news-and-media-releases/2015/shell-to-install-nationwide-network-hydrogen-vehicle-fuelling-pumps-germany.html

  9. Four all electric Merc models coming? The Australian Government might actually change their minds on supporting recharging infrastructure if that’s the case.

    1. Martin T. says:

      The Australian Government & Opposition and therefore the public have their heads stuck in the sand round here.

      They have all touted the green environment but done NOTHING to support the sale and use of EV’s.

      My bet is they will be suckered into Hydrogen by the oil companies, while solar and electric EV’s are the obvious choice.

      Hell we can’t even build a fast train to the airport or a fast train between Melbourne & Sydney, never mind connecting freeways round here.

      Down in OZ progress is slow – real slow, but the people are great!

      1. zzzzzzzzzz says:

        You need hydrogen to stick solar and battery cars together. Where are you going to store you great solar energy you got in summer for winter use? Whatever batteries are obviously not adequate for it, you need power-to-gas and pilot plants are already built in Germany. Once you are at power-to-gas with hydrogen, it would make little sense to burn hydrogen in low efficiency gas plants when you use it directly in more efficent hydrogen cars and get all the benefits of quick refueling and low weight fuel cell stack.

  10. Epicurus says:

    Who do these FCV manufacturers think will build the fueling infrastructure?

  11. Bill Howland says:

    Well if Porche loves their own 800 volt system you would think that corporate head VW would insist that it be compatible with their stuff, and all other German products. so that probably means the European version of CCS will migrate to 800 volts eventually.

    The 2 frankenplug (Mennekes and J1772) versions are downward compatible with folks who only need the level 2 speed, and it seems to be a much cheaper to manufacture plug than the Chademo thing currently the worldwide leader.

    But at least they are now keeping to a standard.

    Its rather the interesting thing about Europe – they all have a common type of mains voltage (the UK cheats a little where it doesn’t matter to the consumer),
    But Europe has pretty much different plugs for every country even though its all the same juice!