Mercedes-Benz has launched a new roadmap focused on electric vehicle production spanning six factories, three continents, and its entire lineup.
 
The automaker’s opening salvo will be 10 new all-electric models by 2022, it says, with production based in the U.S., China, Germany, and France. The German automaker also plans to electrify its entire range with more than 50 “electrified” vehicle variants.
 
“Electrified” can include all-electric, plug-in hybrid, full hybrid, or micro hybrid with 48-volt system which is the least form of “electrification.”
 
The company’s first all-electric vehicle will be an SUV, the ‘EQC,’ which will go into production in 2019, followed by cars spanning all classes from its Smart Fortwo two-seater to larger models.
 

 
“We address every market segment: from the smart fortwo seater, to the large SUV. The battery is the key component of e-mobility,” said Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz cars, production, and supply chain. “As batteries are the heart of our electric vehicles we put a great emphasis on building them in our own factories,” said Daimler in a statement. With our global battery network, we are in an excellent position.”
 
A separate arm in the 2022 electrification plan is the production of a “global battery network” which will consist of five battery factories supplying batteries for the brand. In its announcement, Mercedes released the map below, with planned electric plants represented by the circular icons.
 

 
At the moment, Mercedes is finalizing its second battery factory in Kamenz, Germany, with completion due by the end of this year. As of last year, the brand has also relied on a Haibach, Germany plant for its fortwo Coupé and Cabriolet production.
 
All in all, this electrification plan will set Mercedes-Benz back $13.6 billion (€11 billion euro), with another $1 billion going toward its battery factories. It also represents an all-out push to compete in the luxury EV segment alongside Tesla, with whom the Germany automaker had traded haymakers with in the past, including one famous Sept. 2017 Twitter exchange where Elon Musk egged the brand for not investing enough towards electrification, before he was corrected on the amount.