Mercedes, Audi to launch electric vehicles in 2020

Mercedes, Audi to launch electric vehicles in 2020

In 2020, two German luxury carmakers -- Mercedes and Audi -- will enter the electric vehicle market with an India launch each as the push for greener mobility gathers steam in the luxury segment.

Mercedes-Benz India, the country’s largest luxury car maker, will test the waters with a limited launch of a battery-powered vehicle in 2020. The maker of E Class and S Class has a number of zero emission electric vehicles (EV) in its global line-up, but due to lack of EV infrastructure development in India, the entry will be restricted to just one model.

Schwenk was talking on the sideline of launching the GLC sport utility vehicle and the introduction of Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX), a technology platform, on December 3.

Rival Audi has rescheduled the launch of the e-tron, the company’s first all-electric SUV, to 2020 from Q4 2019. The five-seater luxury SUV, which is powered by a 300kW (408ps) battery, has a drive range of nearly 250 km on a full charge and claimed a top speed of 200 km per hour. The e-tron is expected to cost over Rs 1 crore.