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.”

Frankfurt motor show 2017 - live report and updates

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.

Read more

1000bhp Mercedes-AMG Project one hypercar revealed

Smart Vision EQ makes public debut

VW Group boss: diesel is not dead

VW Group to offer electrified version of every model by 2030

Our Verdict

Smart Forfour Electric Drive

Has Smart’s use of an electric powertrain in the Forfour brought us the perfect urban EV?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Hyundai Nexo 2019 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    Designed from the outset to use a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, this front-driven crossover provides a taste of the future today
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018 road test review hero front
    Car review
    13 July 2018
    This new version is the most luxurious A-Class yet, but has Mercedes made it a class leader?
  • Honda CR-V 2018 first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    For its fourth-generation, the Honda CR-V grows in size and now offers a choice of five or seven seats, but slims down in terms of engine choices
  • Volkswagen Arteon 1.5 EVO 2018 UK review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    Entry-level fastback doesn’t do enough to make the Arteon any more competitive in an already-tough class
  • BMW i8 Coupe 2018 UK first drive review hero front
    First Drive
    13 July 2018
    BMW's flagship i car has received a facelift for 2018. How does it compare to offerings from Porsche?