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