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Mercedes-Benz will be showing off an EV concept at the Paris Motor Show this fall. This concept EV will be riding on a new modular electric platform that will underpin a new dedicated EV in 2020.

 

Last week at an event in Stuttgart, Mercedes teased this new modular platform. A lithium-ion battery pack is mounted to the floor and a set electric motors will be used on the front and rear axles. This layout is similar to the modular platform used by Tesla. Range is expected to be around 310 miles for the production model.

 

We're wondering if this platform is the rumored MEA (Modular Electric Architecture) we first reported on last month. Sources tell Car and Driver the dedicated EV will be a crossover that is GLC-sized, something we learned in our May report.

 

Source: Mercedes-Benz, Car and Driver

 

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I think who ever gets multiple versions of EV CUVs out that are quality, 200+ to 300+ range will clean up. I am hoping that GM is starting that with the BOLT. 

 

BOLT 225 mile EV Subcompact

JOLT 325 mile EV Compact

JOULE 425 Mile EV Mid size

VOLTAIC 525 Mile EV Full size

 

I could see this as a full Chevy EV Family of CUVs.

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I can't wait to see the performance capability because the battery and motors will end up in a sedan that should be awesome.   Sort of smart of them to start with a crossover, because people are crazy for crossovers.  And a lot of electric cars are little, weird looking cars, if it is good looking crossover people will gobble it up.

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Mercedes also announced today that they will spend $7.8 billion in the next 2 years on greener powertrains, such as the 48 volt electric system mild hybrids, fuel cell and pure electric drivetrains.  

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Automakers are bench marking themselves like crazy nowadays. Don't expect competitive advantages to last too long. And don't expect it to be a blue chip to be the one to bring forward progress. And lastly, for the new tech firms - don't underestimate the virtues of distilled experience of being in the business.

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