Rolling out a large electric vehicle with 311 miles of battery range is a big part of Daimler’s ambitious electrified car strategy, a Daimler executive said.
While being interviewed recently by Automotive Engineering, Anke Kleinschmit, Daimler’s VP Of group research and sustainability and chief environmental officer, shared her thoughts on the German automaker’s clean vehicle strategy. Electrification is a key element of that strategy, but Daimler’s plan also includes efficient combustion engines, fuel-efficient hybrids, and fuel cell vehicles.
Along with electric versions of its vehicles currently on the market, Kleinschmit talked about the upcoming “new generation of the smart ED (Electric Drive) – the first time as a 2- and a 4-seater.”
As for that new generation being rolled out, Kleinschmit said that before the end of the decade, Daimler will be unveiling “a large electric vehicle to lay the foundation for our future electric strategy with a range of up to 500 km (311 mi). That’s why we are investing 500 million euros ($563.7 million) in a second battery factory on our battery production site in Kamenz. It is clear that battery technology increasingly allows higher ranges at decreasing costs.”
The 311-mile range – likely under the more-liberal European NEDC test cycle – may be part of Mercedes-Benz’ new all-electric “EQ” brand. While that hasn’t been officially launched as a brand name, Autoexpress reported that recent trademark applications have been filled by the company with the prefix “EQ.”
Kleinschmit said in the interview that electrification is one major element of the future of mobility. This year, Daimler has also been promoting its F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomous research vehicle. The company says that, “an interdisciplinary team of experts from Mercedes-Benz has devised a future scenario that incorporates many different aspects of day-to-day mobility.”
You can view this Mercedes-Benz video, below, from the Naval Air Station Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area. The engineering team of the Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion offers insights on what’s been learned so far about the future of autonomous mobility.