Tesla and its erratic leader Elon Musk are very good at stealing the limelight – or telling the PR story they want to tell. We’ve seen it time and again. For example, at the height of the Model 3 production issues last year Musk suddenly revealed an electric lorry and the new Roadster to distract everyone.
So, what has this to do with Mercedes-Benz?
Today, Mercedes revealed the EQC electric SUV, its first standalone electric model at an event in Stockholm. It’s the first model in a ten billion Euro investment plan for electrified vehicles at Mercedes, making it a pretty big deal. The EQA hatchback, seen in concept form already, will arrive next year and an EQS, an electric equivalent to the S-Class, will launch in 2020/21. Overall, 130 electrified vehicles are due in the next seven years.
Mercedes has been revving up for this launch for some time. Jaguar won the race of mainstream firms launching electric SUVs earlier this year, but thanks to Audi delaying its e-tron launch, Mercedes can now at least beat its German rival.
Meanwhile, Tesla plods on mired in varying dramas, but with bold plans to add to its strong range of electric cars. Forthcoming machines include the Model Y compact SUV, an electric lorry and the modern-day Roadster.