Mercedes has a bold plan to save the planet.
A new chapter for Mercedes-Benz is about to begin. As we know, Mercedes is attempting to become a leading electric car manufacturer, launching as many as six new EQ models by 2022 including the EQS Sedan, EQA SUV, and EQB crossover, which would bring the total number of EVs to eight. As part of its new EQXX technology program, Mercedes also has a bold plan to become carbon neutral by 2039 beyond simply expanding its EQ lineup. Specialists from the British Mercedes-Benz F1 HPP Group will help make Mercedes' vision a reality.
While the EQC shares the same platform as the combustion-powered GLC, future EQ models will be underpinned by the company's new Electric Vehicle Architecture, which will debut with the EQS luxury sedan next year. This new platform will allow for a slew of technical innovations, including an optional interior air filtering system for the EQS that uses parts of the space freed up by the absence of a combustion engine.
Mercedes claims this will enable air quality comparable to cleaning and operating rooms, removing fine dusts, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and unpleasant odors. For the first time in the automotive sector, the effectiveness of the system is also officially certified.
To further reduce emissions, Mercedes will also integrate "Green Charging" points at Mercedes me Charge services in Europe next year that use renewable energy sources. "The central aim of the Mercedes-EQ brand is to offer customers more than just an unrivaled electric driving experience. With the EQS, the customer is immersed in a completely new Mercedes world that thrills not only the mind but also the heart with its technical possibilities and sustainable innovations," said Britta Seeger, Member of the Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG Boards.
"This exciting, unrivaled Mercedes-EQ experience goes well beyond the product itself. With Green Charging, we actively contribute to cutting CO2 emissions and are thereby leading the way to the CO2-neutral mobility of the future with our Ambition 2039."
In addition, Mercedes aims to make its global supply chain completely carbon neutral by 2039. This will be a gradual process starting in 2022, when Mercedes' plants will produce eight Mercedes-EQ electric models on a CO2-neutral basis on three continents by increasing energy efficiency, using green power, and implementing a sustainable heat supply. Not only is using electricity from renewable energies important for production, it can also improve the lifecycle of an electric car.
Starting with the EQS, battery cells will be produced using 100-percent renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power. The EQS will offer a range of over 700 km (435 miles) rated by the WLTP, but Mercedes will continue to optimize ranges and charging times as battery technology improves.