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New statement from Daimler... note the quote from their VP of Sales & Product Mgt @ Mercedes: 'Lührs said the success of EQ—and the effort ramping up to it—depends on three things: customer demand, infrastructure, and regulations.'
http://jalopnik.com/mercedes-apparently-wants-to-build-a-ton-of-electric-ca-1789664734
So, Daimler is following in Tesla's footsteps: Electric Autonomous Drive. But they aren't fully committed...
I wonder, is this good or bad?
Let's be optimistic: they will really do it. In that case people can't deny anymore that this will be the way forward. Let's hope so.
 

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So, Daimler is following in Tesla's footsteps: Electric Autonomous Drive. But they aren't fully committed...
I wonder, is this good or bad?
Let's be optimistic: they will really do it. In that case people can't deny anymore that this will be the way forward. Let's hope so.
Here too, @MichelT3 , as is often the case ;) I'm with you. When you are prepared to invest €10B ($11B) into something, you are placing a solid bet. Besides, IMHO, I would always believe Daimler before I believe VAG... ;)
 

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More on the Daimler EQ... for 'clearly upper class' aficionados (like my best friend from Germany, who only swears by the brand of the Silver Arrows...! ;))
Actually, it's obviously no T≡SLA, yet a decently looking mid-size SUV...
 

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More on the Daimler EQ... for 'clearly upper class' aficionados (like my best friend from Germany, who only swears by the brand of the Silver Arrows...! ;))
Actually, it's obviously no T≡SLA, yet a decently looking mid-size SUV...
Pffff! Rather stupid with all those blue lights and bling bling. But nothing about useful options, nor about its features.
Well, hopefully current Mercedes drivers are attracted by it and will make the switch towards BEV too.
Still, we need all car companies to join in, to make the much needed energy transfer possible.
 

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I learned recently that the blue accent thing in EVs is the European version of what we consider "green" in North America.

We see everything environmental as being "green", usually associated with nature and a lot of logos feature leaves.

In Germany they use blue to the same effect.
 

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I learned recently that the blue accent thing in EVs is the European version of what we consider "green" in North America.

We see everything environmental as being "green", usually associated with nature and a lot of logos feature leaves.

In Germany they use blue to the same effect.
I'm in The Netherlands, right next to Germany.
Blue is much more associated with electricity.
Nature / natural / sustainable is here also associated with green.

I believe that a ' green' car should NOT stand out by being green, nor an electric car by being blue. It should just be a nice and good car.
It seems to be the obsession of old school car companies that green or electric cars should have a distinctive design and show green or blue colours. Which I believe to be a total misconception, belonging to an ICE-mentality.
You maybe can say that as long as cars stay to have blue or green lights and markings that the carmaker is just putting on a show and hasn't really made the transformation towards sustainable transport yet.
 

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Mercedes confirming plans for 10 BEVs by 2025 as they launch new EQ Power sub brand, similar to BMW's todate only burgeoning 'i' range... Probably one of the most serious global contenders in the EV race...
 

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Oops! Daimler may have its own '≡ problem' with the planned EQ brand in China... and it's not from a sports apparel maker!! ;)
Love the quote under the 2nd pic: 'one more look at the hotness that is the Chery eQ'... !! Qute, no? :p
 

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Interesting insights on Daimler’s detailed plans... Still a few exotic ideas (GLC Fuel Cell?), yet overall feels a bit more specific and less talk in their list of deliverables than VAG...

 

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Spy shots of the EQ C SUV.
Alabama-sourced, the production car should start sometime in 2019.

Can’t say I’m thrilled by the design, albeit it hidden (had to fight with my keyboard so it would not display ‘hideous’ ;))