Ecoluxe: New Mercedes-Benz EV Platform
AutoGuide has just reported that AutoBild, a German automotive magazine, wrote about a new platform which will be used as the base architecture for future Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles. The automaker will invest two billion euros in development of this platform which is currently called Ecoluxe. This is just a working title, but the name seems to be adequate, since it represents an amalgam of green technology and the well-known Mercedes-Benz luxury. Reportedly, the Ecoluxe architecture will be used for four body styles. Of course, its versatility won’t be the only upside. They’re working on the new platform for electric vehicles because it should provide custom tailored underpinning for numerous EVs.
Electric vehicles have pretty heavy powertrain system, but at the same time, they’re focused on efficiency. That’s why a platform which supports EVs has to be rigid and reliable, but it must avoid adding even an ounce of unnecessary weight.
The Ecoluxe will be a rear-wheel drive platform, but it will provide all-wheel steering. All-wheel steering isn’t something that’s common these days, but there’s no doubt that Mercedes-Benz will exploit it more and more in the future. It isn’t helpful only for maneuvering in tight space; the system provides better handling and stability at higher speeds, too.
According to the AutoBild report (in German), the platform will have a battery pack under the passenger compartment and it seems that it will be able to store enough power for more than 280 miles of driving.
The first EVs built on the Ecoluxe platform will probably be released in Europe sometime in 2019 or 2020. The first U.S.-spec Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle with the new platform is expected to be launched afterwards.