The decision will require a hefty investment from Daimler.
The recently revealed Mercedes-Benz EQXX concept gave the world a glimpse into the Stuttgart-based brand's hopes for the future of electric mobility. With a claimed range of more than 625 miles on a single charge, it's certainly promising.
The streamlined shape - the EQXX has a drag coefficient of just 0.17 - and exceptionally clever battery technology enables the avantgarde concept to achieve its magnificent range. While the EQXX is a preview of what's to come, the Mercedes-Benz EQS currently holds the title in terms of range. Starting at just over $100,000, the flagship EQ car is capable of traveling up to 350 miles between charges, depending on which model you have.
But this is just the beginning for Mercedes, as the powerhouse has plans to take their EV game to the next level.
According to Automotive News Europe, the world's oldest car brand wants to start building its next-gen electric powertrains itself. Upcoming electric platforms such as MB.EA will be designed by Mercedes, requiring powertrains produced by the brand.
According to a report, this is set to commence in 2024. Daimler's head of development, Markus Schaefer, noted that Mercedes wants to control as much as possible - including the battery, electric motor and power electronics - much like it does with its combustion engines.
"Until now, the electric powertrains have come from external partners." At this stage, the luxury carmaker depends on external suppliers, such as ZF to supply powertrain models for the EQC SUV, for example.
Schaefer said that the company will have to consider expanding its capacity for electric powertrains as it continues its onslaught on the electric car market. "By 2025 half of our vehicles will already be on the market purely electrically or as plug-in hybrids."
Determined to be self-reliant, Mercedes-Benz has also expressed interest in producing the inverters for future EVs. Schaefer noted that this hasn't been decided yet.