Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce at least 10 battery-powered cars in the coming years and will bundle its electric-vehicle technology, including charging boxes and energy storage, under its new EQ brand to take on Tesla Motors.
Mercedes’ first new all-electric model will be a coupe-like sport utility vehicle that will be available for sale before the end of the decade – it’s expected in 2019 – and will cost about as much as the €49,000 GLC coupe. A prototype, which is close to the production version of the sporty SUV can drive 500 kilometres on a single charge, compared with as far as 542 kilometres for the Tesla Model X.
“We’re now flipping the switch,” Daimler chief executive Dieter Zetsche says. “We’re ready for the launch of an electric product offensive that will cover all vehicle segments, from the compact to the luxury class.”
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