The branded heat engines Mercedes they may soon arrive at the terminus. The German car manufacturer would in fact intend to abandon pure endothermic engines by the end of the decade, with 2030 which could represent the year of the definitive transition to electrification. The transition to the new mobility started several years ago but has rapidly intensified in recent months.
Mercedes, the electric will be the only priority
According to the German magazine Automobilwoche, the three-pointed star is accelerating the switch to electric vehicles and that means internal combustion engines will be largely phased out by the end of the decade. Specifications are lacking, but every single model line is set up to offer an electric variant. Plug-in hybrids will also be phased out, with the company focusing its efforts on pure electric vehicles.
Contrary to other automakers, Mercedes looked like it she is not ready to commit to a specific timeline to say goodbye to traditional powertrains, believing the demand for internal combustion engines after 2030 will still be high in markets that do not have a solid charging infrastructure. Mercedes is not alone in embracing this vision as Audi is also taking a similar approach. Last month, the automaker revealed plans for gradually eliminate internal combustion engines by 2033, but also pointed out that “The interruption of the sale of combustion engines will ultimately be decided by customers and by legislation”. The German brand added that it expects to see continued demand for internal combustion engines in China beyond 2033, so some ICE models could be produced locally after that date. According to the German magazine Mercedes could present the new strategic plan by the end of July, with the company refusing to comment for now.