Following reports from JLR earlier this month of an all electric range by 2020, Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche, has confirmed that Mercedes-Benz will offer an electric version of every model the company makes by 2022. Although almost in the antithesis of his previous statement he then went on to come to the aide of diesel engines and their key-role in achieving climate targets. According to report in Autocar, Zetsche, while addressing the media at the Frankfurt Motor Show, that Daimler’s other automotive brand; Smart would also be ready with their all-electric range by the end of the decade. Returning to Mercedes Benz, he volunteered that Mercedes-Benz will offer all electric versions of their product portfolio by 2022, saying that the time is right for a paradigm shift for the brand.
Zetsche also echoed Volkswagen Group chairman, Matthias Muller, in arguing that there was still a place for diesel engines. After admitting the German motor industry had suffered “a loss of trust” in the public view of its ability to provide sustainable mobility, Zetsche confirmed that Daimler was investing €3bn (around Rs 23,000 crore) on new diesel engine technology.
Interestingly, Zetsche seemed to want to refocus on diesel engines, arguing that diesel were an essential cog the making of a greener tomorrow. Saying that while the German Motor Industry had suffered a strong loss of trust, in its ability to provide sustainable mobility. Pointing towards VWs diesel-gate scandal. He added that the Daimler group will be investing a whopping 3 billion euros (or 22,000 crore) in new diesel technology. Adding that Daimler had already developed an engine that he hailed as the “the diesel of the future,” whose specs had already vanquished concerns from the strongest of voices against it.