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Mercedes-Benz all-electric EQ range will be eight models strong by 2022

John Law

Mercedes-Benz will be launching six all-new electric nameplates over the next 24 months, in the hopes that 50 per cent of vehicles sold will be electrified by 2030.

Six new all-electric Mercedes-Benz vehicles are due to launch by 2022, starting with the EQA small SUV in January 2021.

The small SUV will be followed by the EQS that takes the shape of a large, opulent sedan akin to the flagship petrol-powered S-Class. This will be based on a dedicated EV platform, dubbed MEA2.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 2021
Benz’s electric offensive will kick off with this EQA, pictured here during winter testing.

It remains to be seen what platform the new, smaller EVs will sit on, however. The EQC currently utilises a modified version of the GLC MHA platform, dubbed the MEA-1.

Benz will continue their electric offensive and introduce a slightly larger EQB SUV and EQE large sedan, with trendy SUV variants of both the EQE and EQS to arrive in 2022. These models will bring Benz’s EV portfolio to a total of eight options by the end of 2022. 

If you’re initially confused by the EQ naming conventions, there’s no need to be. Mercedes-Benz has followed their well-thought-out alphabet of vehicle nomenclature.

Mercedes-Benz EQB 2021
The EQB could be the most important SUV for Australia if, like it’s combustion cousin, Benz manages to fit seven seats into the small form-factor.

The EQA is the smallest SUV, which will be around GLA size, the EQB equivalent to the new GLB, and so on.

The reason for so many new EVS is Mercedes-Benz’ target for 50 per cent of global vehicles sales to be electrified by 2030. That figure includes fully electrified EQ models of course, though they will be supplemented by plug-in hybrid variants of more traditional Mercedes-Benz products such as the A250e.

Naturally, Mercedes-Benz will produce EQ models in their homeland of Germany, including the EQS Sedan, but this is a global offensive and requires global manufacturing.

Mercedes-Benz EQE 2022
A traditional EQE Sedan is on the way, too.

There is a target on the blossoming Chinese market, with Mercedes-Benz confirming that the Beijing plant will produce EQA, EQB and EQE models. Larger SUV variants of the EQS and EQE will enter production at Benz’s Tuscaloosa plant in the USA by 2022.

This offensive mirrors the plans of other German rivals like BMW and Audi, who have their electric factories extended to relevant corners of the globe depending on model and target market.

Jerry Stamoulis, Head of Media Relations and Brand Engagement at Mercedes-Benz Australia, confirmed that EV sales have indeed been ramping up Downunder. Mr Stamoulis said the marque is “experiencing a healthy demand for EQC, with stock levels increasing as demand does”.

Mercedes-Benz EQC 2021
Benz’s first EV – the EQC – has shown plenty of promise in Australia.

Further specification details will be divulged closer to the launch of the EQA early in 2021, with more information of future vehicles to follow shortly.

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