With a plan to roll out 10 electric vehicles by 2022, Mercedes-Benz will have to fit a top-trimmed luxe sedan into its EV plans somewhere. That might be happening sooner than later: Mercedes is currently developing what will be the S-Class of its EQ line of electric vehicles, aptly named the EQ S, and might roll it out as early as 2020.
We don’t have many details about the EQ S sedan, other than it will be a high-end electric car, likely competing with the Tesla Model S. According to Bloomberg, the EQ line will use a “totally different” battery range than what’s available from Mercedes today.
Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche went further, saying “all vehicles will be electrified.” Of course, that probably means that the company will rely more on the 48-volt mild hybrid system that we’ve seen on the latest CLS-Class.
Mercedes isn’t the only company with an eye toward electrification — Volvo announced it would electrify every new vehicle from 2019 onward and also electrified the Polestar brand. Volvo’s electrification claim mostly means it will produce a flood of mild hybrids alongside full EVs.
Meanwhile, Audi just showed off its functional e-tron Vision Gran Turismo racer ahead of a Formula E race in Rome.
It’ll be interesting to see how Mercedes blends its traditional luxury appointments with modern EV styling. We assume (or hope) that it’ll be as understated and elegant as the rest of the sedans the company has been churning out as of late.