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Daimler is developing a dedicated, multi-model electric vehicle architecture for battery-powered vehicles. (Earlier post.) The global debut will take place at the Paris Motor Show this fall, and the first model is to be launched onto the market before the end of the decade.

Mercedes-Benz said it will benefit not only from its internal development and production expertise but also from the group’s multi-model series modular strategy for alternative drive systems and direct access to key components for electromobility.

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Drivetrain for the new BEV platform. Click to enlarge.

With the lithium-ion battery pack supplied by Daimler’s subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE and the intelligent operation strategy, Mercedes-Benz expects to deliver purely battery-driven ranges of up to 500 km (311 miles).

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The ACCUMOTIVE battery pack will support a range of up to 500 km. Click to enlarge.

Rapid charging using the Combined Charging System (CCS) will make charging and operation of the new BEVs as convenient as possible.

Our road map has been clearly defined. In addition to hybridized vehicle models and vehicles powered by fuel cells, we are now taking the next step and using a dedicated vehicle architecture for purely battery-driven vehicles. We are investing heavily in electromobility, and we are convinced that the market is now ready. With the new vehicles we offer, we want to impress the benefits of the new mobility on car owners who have not yet opted for an electric vehicle.

—Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Daimler Board of Management, Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

The smart fortwo coupé electric drive, smart fortwo cabrio electric drive and smart forfour electric drive will also make their latest global debuts at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016. With the debut of the fourth generation of the electric smart, smart will be the only automotive manufacturer in the world to offer its entire range of models with either combustion engines or fully battery-powered.

The new smart fortwo electric drive is being launched onto the US market by the end of this year, where approximately 25% of all battery-driven smarts have been sold recently. This will be followed by the European market launch of the two and four-seaters in early 2017.

Comments

Patrick Free

Drawings are interesting, playing mee too with Tesla, but why not since this is the best design so far. Just hope they will come with electric motors at same level as Tesla and not their ridiculous 65KW models presented for their PHEVs, and they will come with a Story on Superchargers Network for Europe, available with the car, since a long range EV w/o Superchargers will be pointless. May be their historical Alliance with Tesla could open them Tesla Superchargers doors ?

HarveyD

Mercedes-VW-BMW-Volvo should join their efforts and produce competitive TESLA like e-cars, e-SUVs, e-trucks, e-taxis and e-buses with 500+ Km range on or before 2020.

Ultra light bodies should be available as options.

A similar joint venture could manufacture up to date batteries in one or two mega EU factories.

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