The SLS AMG Electric Drive spelled out Mercedes-Benz's electric ambitions
Mercedes-Benz will launch an all-new electric vehicle within a year, senior sources at the company have confirmed.
Speaking to Autocar at the Frankfurt motor show, Mercedes engineering boss Dr Thomas Weber said the new car would have a range of “between 400 and 500km [248 and 310 miles]” thanks to lithium batteries with double the energy density of current components.
Weber would not be drawn on size or positioning but said preliminary details would be released “within the year”.
It seems highly likely that Mercedes could follow its compatriots - not to mention electric pioneer Tesla - into the luxury saloon or SUV EV market, building a large car that has enough room to accommodate a battery pack and is pitched at a price point that’s high enough to justify electric vehicle costs without being prohibitive.
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