Mercedes plans to begin selling an electric vehicle with a range of 250 to 310 miles within a few years, possibly in 2018, Thomas Weber, Daimler board member in charge of Mercedes-Benz car development, told Automotive News in an interview.
The planned EV isn't meant to be competitive with the company's electric versions of the Smart ForTwo, Mercedes B class or the Mercedes-AMG SLS, Mr. Weber said, but instead likely will need to be a larger vehicle to accommodate the size of the battery pack necessary for that proposed range.
Some of the aerodynamic features shown in the auto maker's Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile concept unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show on Tuesday could be used to help extend electric range, Mr. Weber said.
Other highlights of the first couple of days at the Frankfurt Motor Show include:
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. showed the Gripz, a concept that's supposed to represent a new take on its ubiquitous Z sports car, but the concept is much closer to a crossover The Maxima-nosed 4X4 concept supposedly was inspired by the Safari Rally-winning Datsun 240Zs of yore, displaying the hallmarks of Nissan's “emotionalgeometry” styling language.
This report is based on reporting by Automotive News and Autoweek magazines, sister publications of Tire Business.