‘1 in 4 Mercedes sold in India to be EV in 4 years’

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MUNICH: Mercedes-Benz plans to increase its electrical automobile portfolio in India by 3 times within the subsequent 18 months. In 4 years, the German luxurious carmaker expects 25% of its gross sales in India to be EVs.
In Mercedes-Benz India’s present lineup of twenty-two merchandise, there are solely two EVs – the EQB SUV and EQS sedan. In mid-September, the corporate is scheduled to launch one other electrical SUV, the EQE. Firm executives mentioned three extra EVs are lined up for launch within the subsequent 12-16 months, which can take its electrical portfolio to 6.

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“India is on the transfer. The combustion portfolio is far greater than electrical, however that can change considerably over the subsequent few years. The longer term goes to be electrical in India as nicely. If the market takes off even sooner, we will be there,” mentioned Ola Kallenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz.
At IAA Mobility, a German auto present, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the electrical Idea CLA Class and likewise showcased EQA, EQB, EQV, and the Imaginative and prescient EQXX, that does away with vary anxiousness with its vary of over 1,200km to a single cost.
The CLA is scheduled to enter manufacturing in 2025 and anticipated to be launched in India the identical yr. The corporate plans to make three extra vehicles on the identical modular platform, two of which might be SUVs and can make their approach into India. Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Santosh Iyer mentioned: “We’ve an aggressive EV street map for India – launching fascinating top-end electrical vehicles from our international portfolio as we transition into an electrical future. We’re creating a strong EV ecosystem with franchise companions.”
(The author was in Munich on the invitation of Mercedes-Benz India)

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