And, you better hurry as Mercedes – and Daimler as a whole – will change forever

We all know that the future of cars is bound to eventually become electric – at least that’s the way it seems as the world turns now. There’s no telling what’s going to happen down the road, but here’s one thing we do know: Mercedes-Benz won’t be selling gas-powered vehicles for much longer. Yup; you read that right – a brand synonymous with high-performance and luxury cars will, at some point in the relatively near future, be restricted to EVs only. So, how do we know such a thing? Well, let’s talk more about that.

Daimler – Parent Company of Mercedes Benz – Ends Development of Gas-Powered Engines

2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC
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A new report from Auto Motor und Sport has revealed that the parent company of Mercedes-Benz has decided to halt all development of gasoline engines and will focus solely on electric cars from here on out. Now, Mercedes hasn’t come right out and said that it’s onboard as well, but this certainly implies that will be the case.

This news apparently comes from Daimler Development Chief, Markus Schaefer, who has suggested that Daimler’s map for the future has no room for gasoline engine development.

He didn’t necessarily rule out that the company’s roadmap wouldn’t change in the future, but for now the focus is on electric-drive only as gasoline- and diesel-powered engines are slid onto the backburner.

Does the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Really Represent the Future of Mercedes Electric Mobility? Exterior
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If you’re still questioning whether or not this will play a major role in what Mercedes does from here on out, you should look at the writing on the wall. Mercedes has put tons of effort into its electric cars as of lately, a move that suggests it’s been on-board with this decision since it hit the round table at Daimler. This about this – Mercedes has now introduced the Mercedes EQC; basically an electric GLC and it just recently introduced us to the EQS concept, a preview of an all-electric S-Class. And, let’s not forget about the EQB.

2022 Mercedes EQ B Exterior Spyshots
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The really interesting part about all of this is that Mercedes is trying very hard to convince us of how cool EVs can be.

The production EQC looks nothing like the concept that previewed it and more like the GLC SUV. The EQB and EQS concepts look cool too.

Is Mercedes trying to butter us up for an all-electric future that is coming sooner than later? Well, if Daimler is really shelving the development of any gasoline- or diesel-powered engines, you can bet that Mercedes lineup will, slowly but surely, transition into nothing but electric cars. All that’s left now is to question what will happen to the AMG brand and how long we’ll be able to buy any AMG branded with the soul-giving goodness that is the gasoline engine.

2019 Mercedes EQC Drivetrain Specifications
Estimated Range Up to 200 miles
Drive system 2 asynchronous motors, all-wheel drive
Rated output 402 hp
Peak torque 564 lb-ft
Top speed (mph) 112 mph (electronically limited)
Acceleration 0-60 mph 4.9 s (est.)
Battery Lithium-ion
Battery capacity 80 kWh

Further reading

If You Need a Good Excuse to Buy a New Mercedes – This is the Best You'll Ever Get Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz EQC.

Does the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS Really Represent the Future of Mercedes Electric Mobility? Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS.

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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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