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.

What do you think? Will the car world ever fully electric? If so, when?

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  • This is where legislation is forcing manufacturers to do this or get heavily fined for not meeting CO2 targets.

    You are going to move countries who were once 3rd world backwards as they won’t be able to afford this. All our used ICE cars will end up there and they’ll run as long as they can. This is a problem and whilst I understand the climate change argument, legislators are going about it the wrong way.

      10 days ago
    • the climate change argument is just a card that legislators use often to take the moral high ground and avoid a serious debate. Apart from a variety of side effects (starting with job losses, but nobody seems to care about that), going fully...

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        10 days ago
    • Totally agree.

        10 days ago
  • "and most aren't ready for an electric switch". Italy for example. It's still hard to find a pump which sells petrol and not water with some petrol and grass in it.

      8 days ago
  • The problem is that today modern petrol / diesel engines emits less co2 than in 2010. Today's engines are more effective and more or less eco-friendly than in 2010. Another problem, that "electric" cars batteries cannot be recycled nor somehow re-used, and making those batteries, we pollute even more than modern petrol or diesel engine.

      8 days ago
  • Honestly, I want to blame EU or UE for doing that because remember when they wants to ban ICE cars and started making eco electric cars? That's the same thing, they have to try to make their own electric car but most of them never made an electric car like McLaren or Ferrari. Plus, even with all their hardwork making an electric car, their value won't increase they will still drop.

      8 days ago
  • Works for Germany , they send all their emissions across the border while keeping Germany clean .

      8 days ago