It seems 2021 happens to be the year of electrification for the automotive community as major automakers from all corners of the industry have made declarations to establish extensive modifications in how their products are developed, manufactured, and sold including a significant shift to electric vehicles.
With such a trend, Mercedes-Benz as a major automaker has signaled its electrification ambitions in getting ready to go all-electric by the end of the decade with a complete focus on developing EV-only platforms and technologies from 2025 onwards.
According to the automaker, it says that in 2022, it will offer an electric vehicle in every segment that it serves, stating that the real shift will come in 2025 and onward.
The company says all newly developed vehicle architecture from that point on will be electric-only and the company will offer an EV alternative in every vehicle it makes.
Mercedes revealed that it will roll out three EV platforms in 2025 which include:
MB.EA: It Will cover all medium to large passengers cars and will be a scalable, modular system.
AMG.EA: Dedicated performance EV platform
VAN.EA: Dedicated EV platform for vans and light-duty commercial vehicles.
To accomplish this ambitious project, Mercedes has decided to make some changes to its organizational structure and also investing billions of Euros into its facilities and technologies.
The company says it will reorganize its powertrain division to bring planning, development, purchasing, and production under one roof. Once that is complete, Mercedes Benz will bring development and technology for electric drive trains in-house including the acquisition of YASA, a UK-based electric motor company.
The company also stated that its vehicles will need a battery capacity of more than 200 Gigawatt hours and will construct eight Gigafactories to support that demand.
Also, the company said through its involvement and coalitions with targeted companies in the EV space, Mercedes-Benz will develop more efficient and flexible batteries acknowledging that it is in talks to develop solid-state battery technology.
In addition to the plans, the company says it will include financial and human resources considerations, with roadmaps for retraining employees and potential early retirement/buyout plans for some.
The company further added that it will create 3,000 new software engineering jobs to develop its new MB.OS operating system worldwide.
The company also emphasizes that its transformation to electrification will not come at the expense of its economic strength.
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