Major electric vehicle initiative.

Mercedes-Benz is aiming for the leading position in electric drives and vehicle software. The systematic electrification of the entire product portfolio is a central component of the strategic focus "Ambition 2039" and a basic prerequisite on the way to CO₂ neutrality. By as soon as 2022, the portfolio will include eight fully electric Mercedes-EQ models. They are produced at seven locations on three continents.

In May 2019, production of the EQC  (combined electrical consumption NEDC: 21.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 0 g/km)** was integrated into ongoing series production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Just a few months later, the German-Chinese production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) started production of the EQC for the local market in China. 2020 saw the start of production of the electric premium-class people carrier, the EQV (combined electrical consumption NEDC: 27.1-26.4 kWh/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 0 g/km)** in Vitoria, northern Spain.

The EQA  celebrated its world premiere on 20 January 2021 as the first fully electric derivative of the compact cars. The EQA represents the gateway into the all-electric vehicle world of Mercedes-EQ. The EQA is produced in Rastatt and at the German-Chinese production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) in Beijing for the Chinese market.

On 12 May 2021, production of the EQS electric saloon  started in Factory 56 at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant - in a flexible, digital, efficient and sustainable process. In the new S-Class range, the EQS is the stand-alone, fully electric member and is the first to use the new electric architecture for electric vehicles in the executive and luxury segment at Mercedes-Benz. In Factory 56, the S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the EQS are all produced on the same line, in a fully flexible manner. Factory 56 embodies the future of production at Mercedes-Benz and sets new standards for automotive manufacturing.

In addition, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen began the production of the EQE business saloon  in the second half of 2021, followed shortly afterwards by the Beijing plant. The EQE thus adds to the purely electric portfolio of the two plants. The Beijing plant will then produce a total of four Mercedes EQ models for the local market.

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa (USA) is preparing for production of the EQE SUV and EQS SUV  in 2022, which will in future be produced on the same line together with SUVs with conventional and plug-in hybrid drive systems.

And Mercedes-Benz is also going electric in the small van segment: the Concept EQT provides concrete indications for what will be the first premium vehicle for families and leisure-oriented private customers in the small van segment: the T-Class and its all-electric variant.