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Friday, September 4, 2015

Mercedes working on a range of 500 km EVs

Mercedes is reportedly working on a model range of electric vehicles able to cover up to 500 km on a single charge according to Daimler Chief Development Officer Thomas Weber.

In an interview with German publication auto motor und sport, Weber said, “We are working on an intelligent concept for a highly attractive electric vehicle with a range of 400-500 kilometers,” adding that the car would come “soon.” More importantly, the electric drivetrain will fit into the automaker’s flexible architecture, meaning it can be used in numerous models.

At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in less than two weeks, Audi will showcase an e-tron quattro concept SUV, while BMW is planning an i5 sedan that will be based on the 5 Series and Porsche are also working on an EV with 500 km range.

We reported back in December 2014 Mercedes-Benz had started developing a new platform to underpin a range of electric vehicles tentatively called Ecoluxe. The first model from the €2 billion project, with up to 600 hp in GT tune and a high-capacity battery pack based on LG Chem cells, is scheduled to hit the market in either 2019 or 2020.

[Source: auto motor und sport]

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