Mercedes-Benz to make its own electric motors from 2024: report

Mercedes-Benz is said to be making powertrains for its electric cars from 2024, and Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled its Vision EQXX electric car.

by HT Auto Office
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January 15, 2022, 04:46 pm

Mercedes-Benz to make its own electric motors from 2024: report
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Mercedes-Benz is serious about its electrification goals, and therefore is now aiming to produce the next generation of powertrains for electric cars from 2024, Automotive News reports. The report stated that the luxury car company’s upcoming MMA and MB.EA electric architecture will be in-house and that the company will also develop powertrains on its own.

So far, the powertrains for the company’s electric vehicles have come from outside partners, said Markus Schaefer, head of development at Daimler. “We want to control the overall system of the electric motor, battery and power electronics as much as possible, similar to what happens with a combustion engine,” Schaefer was quoted as saying in the report.

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Mercedes also plans to build inverters for its future electric cars, however, Schaefer stated that this has not yet been determined. Currently, the luxury automaker relies on suppliers such as ZF for its EQC powertrain units and Valeo-Siemens for its EQS electric motors. Schaefer told the brand that the brand aims to have half of its product line either electric or plug-in hybrid by 2025, and will focus on expanding its global capacity for electric powertrains.

Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled the most efficient Vision EQXX electric car ever built. It was a long-awaited model from the brand that claims to offer a range of over 1,000 km on a single charge to the user. The company said most owners will need to charge the electric vehicle once or twice a month.

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The electric car comes with a battery that weighs 495 kg. “Finding high electrification sounds easy, but it is technically difficult,” said Jörg Bartels, Director of Vehicle Integration at Mercedes-Benz AG. “The simplest method is to use a larger battery. However, due to its size and weight, this makes it easy to do It’s not the smartest way to go, nor is it misusing valuables. With the Vision EQXX project, we’ve found new ways to increase the size of the electric car. We’re working to bring our skills up to a very good level.”

First Publication Date: January 15, 2022, 04:46 PM Indochina Time

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