Daimler to cease production on internal combustion engines to focus on electrics

In a move that is sure to send shockwaves around the automotive industry, German automaker Daimler has revealed that they will be ceasing development on new internal combustion engines to focus their efforts on electric vehicles.

This is according to development chief at Daimler Markus Schaefer, who announced the auto giants’ intentions in the latest issue of Auto Motor und Sport, a German automotive magazine. Daimler, who own Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG and Freightliner will focus on the development of electric powertrains and batteries, shifting capacity away from internal engine and transmission development to new development areas.

This announcement means that the new generation of internal combustion engine recently released by Daimler will likely the last they produce. Schaefer did note however that resources may still be allocated to improving parts of existing engines, and that the company’s outlook may change in the future.

Daimler moving exclusively to electric powertrains is a worrying sign for the future of the internal combustion engine. With Volkswagen also recently announcing their commitment to electric vehicles over fuel-powered, auto manufacturers appear to have accepted the fact that next generations of vehicles will be electric and are planning their long-term strategies accordingly.

With numerous countries moving to ban sales of new gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040, manufacturers like Daimler and Volkswagen may see investing in internal combustion engines as worthless.

Industry experts will also be keeping an eye on Daimler’s long-haul trucking manufacturer, Freightliner, following this announcement. Freightliner currently produce diesel-powered trucks; however, many now believe that Daimler is preparing for the eventual rollout of their first all-electric truck in the near future. The market for electric trucks is relatively sparse still, with Tesla’s Semi truck expected to go into production next year.

While Daimler is all-in on their move to electric power, Mercedes-Benz CEO Ola Källenius apparently does not share the same sentiment. Källenius recently praised the rising sales of diesel vehicles in Europe, commending the vehicles on their fuel economy.

“The truth is that in most situations, diesels enjoy an economy benefit of 15-20% and in a lot of circumstances also lower NOx emissions than they are certified at. There is no rational reason today not to buy one if your driving profile suits its best use,” Källenius said.

Mercedes-Benz have previously announced that they plan to offer an electric version of their entire fleet by 2022. 

Original source: TESLARATI | Daimler abandons internal combustion engine development to focus on EVs

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