Mercedes will only build electric platforms from 2025... but there's a catch
"Where market conditions allow it"
Mercedes-Benz recently announced they'll only introduce 'electric architectures' from 2025 on, by which they mean they'll stop producing new platforms/chassis that can accommodate anything other than battery-powered motors. They also say they aim to become "fully electric by the end of the decade" but only where "market conditions allow it". This is the key part, and it perfectly highlights a truism that some manufacturers and most governments seem to ignore: you can't - and won't - standardize markets across the globe.
Electric cars shouldn't be used as a political tool, we should look at it from a realistic point of view. That's probably why they said they'll do it "where market conditions allow it", and that's why they said they'll reduce 80% of their investments on ICEs and PHEVs by 2026. Because the question is: can Mercedes go 100% electric in countries like Germany, the UK, Norway or Switzerland by the end of the decade? Maybe. But what about the other markets and regions where Mercedes operates? There are over 190 countries in the world - 230+ if we consider semi-independent and independent territories - and most aren't ready for an electric switch. Not even close.