Mercedes Developing Electric Vehicle Platform

Mercedes-Benz is in the early stages of developing a new platform that will be able to underpin a range of electric vehicles.

The modular architecture will be able to serve as the basis for vehicles spanning a wide range of wheelbases, focusing on saving weight to compensate for having heavy electric powertrain components according to a report by AutoBild. For now, the “Ecoluxe” platform is supposedly slated to underpin four body styles.

EVs based on the Ecoluxe architecture will power their rear wheels and will use four-wheel starring for improved handling. The report claims that the first model will have the equivalent of 544 or 604 hp in the base and S models respectively.

The battery pack will be located under the passenger compartment and will be able to hold enough power to carry the car for at least 279 miles.

Mercedes is expected to release the first Ecoluxe-based vehicle in either 2019 or 2020 in Europe with a North American launch shortly thereafter if the rumored project makes it that far.

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[Source: AutoBild]