These could include, plugin-hybrids, compact cars and sedans. Daimler sure is stepping up to the plate.
It appears that Daimler has ambitious plans on taking on Tesla over the future of luxury electric cars.
Citing anonymous sources who are familiar with the matter at hand, Reuters understands that Daimler plans on bringing “at least” six electric cars to the market if not nine. The exact number has yet to be made public by German company. Mercedes-Benz, from Daimler’s stable, had previously talked about bring out two sedans and two SUVs.
Automobilwoche has cited tipsters claiming that Mercedes-Benz focus will be on crossovers and SUVs. It’s also possible that Mercedes-Benz could pack in between these, sedans and compact cars.
Furthermore, Reuter’s report also mentions the possibility of a plug-in hybrid SUV that will run on hydrogen fuel cells with a range of 30 miles. This could hit a sweet spot since it provides the range of gasoline-guzzling cars without its negative environmental impact.
According to Automobilwoche, it could be a while before the hybrids become mainstream: its leaks suggest that this could be anytime between 2018 to 2024.
It seems Daimler has anticipated Tesla’s and VW’s strategy: it isn’t content in relying on one or two of its niche models anymore, it plans on prevailing in the tough EV market with a range of its lineups.