Electric Boogaloo: Mercedes to Stop Developing New ICE Platforms Come 2025

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Electric Boogaloo: Mercedes to Stop Developing New ICE Platforms Come 2025

Another day, another automaker promising to pivot hard toward electric vehicles by around 2025. This time, it’s Mercedes, which announced that “All newly launched architectures will be electric-only from 2025 onwards.” What does that mean, exactly? Well, it does not mark the end of internal combustion power at Mercedes, though it does reveal its days are likely numbered.

The phrasing Mercedes uses in its announcement is key: “All newly launched architectures”, and not all new vehicles, will be electric. This implies that gas- and diesel-fed cars and SUVs will still be available from Mercedes in 2025; however, after that point, all non-electric Mercedes models will not enjoy the promise of all-new platforms in the future.

So, assume Mercedes redesigned every vehicle in its lineup in 2024 and 2025 (a big if). Then that gives the brand’s traditional cars and SUVs about a five-to-seven-year shelf life before needing a redesign, based on current industry practice. This timeline jibes with the three-pointed star’s vague allusion to going “all electric at the end of the decade,” albeit “where market conditions allow. ” For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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