“luxury” class car manufacturer Daimler plans to invest in the development of electric vehicles up to 10 billion EUR.

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The German companies are investing heavily in the development of electric vehicles, although in the past shied away from it because of the high cost of this type of vehicles. However, the development of the battery manufacturing technology, as well as a great resonance in the society due to dizelgeytom at Volkswagen contributed to the priorities change.

in addition, the technological progress has allowed to increase the vehicle electric range on a single charge up to 50%, which is being promoted by major investments and Volkswagen of Daimler, as well as suppliers such as Bosch and Continental.

 REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke

REUTERS / Hannibal Hanschke

By 2025, we intend to develop 10 electric vehicles based on the same architecture – he told the newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung, Thomas Weber (Thomas Weber), member of the Daimler AG Board of Directors, responsible for research and development Constructing development division Mercedes-Benz Cars. – In this we want to invest up to 10 billion euros . ” He added that the three models will be produced under the Smart brand. Due to the larger batteries, their range on a single charge will increase to 700 km.

Daimler spokesman said on Friday that the company will continue to sell diesel cars in the US, in contrast to competitor Volkswagen. According to him, sales of Mercedes diesel cars in the US in 2016 amounted to less than 1% of the sales volume of the Group in this country.

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