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The German publication Handelsblatt, citing insiders, writes: the MB.EA Large architecture project has been canceled because costs were too high and sales of battery-powered luxury cars were below expectations. The successors of the current EQE and EQS will move to the modernized EVA2 platform, but the MB.EA Medium architecture project in Stuttgart will be brought to its logical conclusion.

Mercedes-Benz did not refute the journalists’ insight, saying: “the pace [электрификации] will be determined by market conditions and the wishes of our customers.” However, some conclusions have already been made: in particular, it was decided not to spend money on the latest platform for future flagship electric vehicles. Resources will be redirected to improving the current EVA2 platform.

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Sales data suggests that Mercedes-Benz customers want cars with internal combustion engines. Initially, it was assumed that by the end of the decade all new products would switch to electric propulsion, but now at the highest level it has been recognized that the abandonment of internal combustion engines will have to be delayed, and by 2030 only half of sales will be “battery” models with hybrid or purely electric systems.

According to Autocar estimates, the revision of the development strategy will allow Mercedes-Benz to save 4-6 billion euros. At the same time, it will not be possible without significant investments in electric vehicles: in particular, the MB.EA Medium platform for the compact models GLC and C-Class is being developed on schedule, and the EVA2 platform will be transferred from a 400-volt to an 800-volt electrical system.

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