Mercedes Says An Reply To The Porsche Taycan Is Coming
Mercedes is blew its electrical sports activities automotive lead, however Mercedes continues to be Mercedes, which means that even when Porsche is out right here with the Taycan and Tesla is out right here with the Mannequin S Mercedes nonetheless has the monetary would possibly to catch up. In interviews this week, its executives say that that’s precisely what they’re making an attempt to do.
To recap: Mercedes stated earlier this month that it has six new electrical automobiles, within the electrical variations of the S-Class, E-Class, GLA, GLB, GLE, and GLS. That is all a part of a giant bush to remain compliant with European emissions rules and in addition possibly keep present with the second, since, you already know, the world is teetering on an overheating tightrope.
However principally about emissions rules, since automotive firms not often do something until you make them. Which brings us to Mercedes’s electrical sports activities automobiles, specifically, the place are they?
The Tesla Mannequin S has been right here for over eight years, the Porsche Taycan for a couple of 12 months and Mercedes electrical sports activities automobiles for about zero years. However, Mercedes insists, they are going to come finally.
CEO Ola Kallenius has dropped hints this month that Mercedes plans to problem manufacturers together with crosstown rival Porsche by introducing plug-in efficiency fashions. He instructed German month-to-month Supervisor Magazin in an interview printed Thursday that it’s very possible Mercedes will introduce a battery-electric platform for sports activities automobiles within the coming years.
“We have now a really complete product portfolio, together with very enticing sports activities automobiles, and sports activities automobiles will go electrical as properly,” Harald Wilhelm, Daimler’s CFO, stated Friday on Bloomberg Tv. “So keep tuned.”
If Mercedes appears just a little reluctant to maneuver away from high-powered ICE automobiles pumped out by AMG, I don’t blame them. I get the aura. I get the attract. However an even bigger assertion can be an AMG that was additionally all-electric. You realize, one thing like the AMG Mission One, besides that’s a hybrid. One thing to punch Tesla and Porsche within the mouth, like possibly solely Mercedes is able to. An AMG GT EV, maybe. The answer is simply sitting proper there.