Mercedes-Benz to Forge Ahead with Pure Electric Vehicle Platforms

May 16, 2024 – Amidst recent rumors suggesting a reduction in investment towards electric vehicle (EV) platform research and development, as well as the abandonment of the planned MB.EA Large architecture, Mercedes-Benz has responded to Dongchedi, reassuring its commitment to electric transformation.

The automaker stated, “Mercedes-Benz will not stop developing new pure electric vehicle architecture platforms. Our determination to persist in the electric transformation remains unchanged, and we will continue to introduce new pure electric models. Mercedes-Benz is committed to creating products that best suit the needs of every customer, and we will flexibly offer a variety of drivetrain options, including pure electric and electrified fuel models.”

This clarification comes in response to a recent report by the German publication Handelsblatt, which claimed that Mercedes-Benz had significantly reduced its investment in EV platform research and decided to abandon its previously planned MB.EA Large architecture. This platform was originally intended to serve as the foundation for the next generation of EQE and EQS sedans and SUVs, with a planned launch in 2028. However, the report, citing four internal sources, indicated that the decision was made due to disappointing sales of the current EQE and EQS models.

Despite these challenges, Mercedes-Benz remains steadfast in its commitment to electrification. Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, has previously stated the company’s dedication to offering pure electric options for all its products, from the CLA to the S-Class, by 2030. This vision aligns with the automaker’s flexible approach to providing a range of drivetrain options, ensuring that it caters to the diverse needs and preferences of its customers.

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