Daimler to Focus on Electric Powertrains
Daimler AG will concentrate future powertrain efforts on all-electric systems, development chief Markus Schaefer tells Auto Motor und Sport.
The carmaker recently launched several new combustion engines, including a family of inline-6 mills that replaced previous V-6 units. But Schaefer says there are no immediate plans for any next-generation piston powerplants.
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit launched its first EV, the EQC crossover, and plans to market at least nine other EQ-badged models by 2025. The carmaker’s commercial vehicle unit also has begun shifting to EVs with electric variants of the Mercedes Actros and Freightliner Cascadia.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.
The pickup-truck segment in the U.S. market is somewhat like the vehicles themselves: big.