Seems like more and more car companies are moving towards lineups that are dominated by electric vehicles and hybrid plug-ins as they look towards the future of the auto industry. We already know that a zero-emission EV sports utility vehicle (SUV) is being produced from the new EQ sub-brand for EVs from Mercedes-Benz, where EQC is set for release next year; however, the auto manufacturer has recently announced another EV model set to debut the following year in 2020. The EV will be a compact car model stemming from Concept EQA released in 2017 at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Guide Auto Web recently advised that Daimler made the announcement stating a $750 million (500 million euros) investment not only in the car, but the Hambach, France facility as well. Mercedes currently builds EVs and smart EQ fortwo coupe and cabrio at this plant.
It’s unknown right now as to whether or not the second EV will be named EQA. There is a plan to use the same construction that lies within their GLA and CLA models. The concept was revealed as an all-wheel drive hatchback, with up to 258 horsepower, also touting about 400 kms of range.
Production for the GLC-sized EQC commences in 2019 and will take place in Bremen, Germany. As we enter a new decade soon, Mercedes will bring in a first model stemming from a committed EV platform, while providing battery size and wheelbase.
Via a $15 billion investment during the span of the following few years coming, the car company has a goal to launch over ten EVs by 2022 throughout all sectors, from larger SUVs to smart cars. As per a past announcement, some of these models will be produced in the United States at Mercedes’ Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility. An additional $1.5 billion will aid in producing a worldwide network dedicated to battery production.