Daimler becomes latest manufacturer to announce electrification plans; chairman Dieter Zetsche also confirms major investment in diesel engines
Steve Cropley Autocar
12 September 2017

Dieter Zetsche, boss of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, has confirmed that it will offer an electrified version of every model the company produces by 2022 – and has launched a defence of diesel engines.

Speaking at the Frankfurt motor show, Zetsche confirmed that Daimler’s Smart brand would offer an ell-electric range by the end of the decade. Zetsche added: “By 2022, we’ll have the entire Mercedes-Benz product portfolio in electrified version as well, to offer a maximum of choices for our consumers. The time is right.”

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Zetsche also echoed Volkswagen Group chairman Matthias Müller in arguing there was still a place for diesel engines. After admitting the German motor industry had suffered “a loss of trust” in the public view of its ability to provide sustainable mobility, Zetsche noted Daimler was investing €3bn on new diesel engine technology.

Zetsche added that the firm had already developed what he called “the diesel of the future”, which he claimed had already overcome the concerns of the strongest critics. Zetsche said that the world “needed” diesel engines “to meet our climate targets”, and added his belief that “public discourse has become more rational” about such engines.

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