According to Daimler, planned launches of battery-powered luxury cars were on schedule on June 4th following a report in Germany’s Hanselsblatt. The report stated that they were facing delays due to battery shortages and other technical issues. The German business daily stated that Daimler’s new “EQC” electric midsize sport-utility vehicle will not make its foray into dealerships until June 2019 which is several months after the originally stipulated deadline.
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However, going by the statement of a spokesman at Daimler’s Stuttgart headquarters, no launch date has yet been specified for the ECQ model. It has also been reported by Handelsblatt that a battery-powered version of Mercedes’ redesigned S-Class flagship saloon will not be on offer until 2021, a year after the combustion engine model is due to come to market.
As per an official statement by Daimler spokesperson to Reuters, development of a plug-in hybrid version of the new S-Class is soon to be planned. It should be noted that with more automakers shifting their model lineups to electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids, battery production could turn out to be a key choke point for vehicle electrification.
By 2022, Mercedes intends to make available an electric version of every model it sells, with the total number of models for sale being at least 50- electric or hybrid. The Smart brand will stop offering cars with combustion engines altogether in 2020.