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By the end of the decade, if market conditions allow, Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to go all electric. The world’s premiere luxury car company will be shifting from electric-first to electric-only as they move towards an emissions-free and software-driven future.

By 2022, Mercedes-Benz is targeting that all segments they serve will have battery electric vehicles (BEV). Starting 2025, all their newly launched vehicle architectures will be electric-only. Customers will also have the option to get an all-electric version of every model that the company will be manufacturing. Mercedes-Benz plans to accomplish this accelerated transformation and still reach their profitability targets.

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Mercedes-EQ Family Immendingen 2021; Ola Källenius, Vorstandsvorsitzender der Daimler AG und der Mercedes-Benz AG // Mercedes-EQ Family Immendingen 2021; Ola Källenius, Chairman of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG

Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG CEO Ola Källenius stated, “The EV shift is picking up speed – especially in the luxury segment, where Mercedes-Benz belongs. The tipping point is getting closer, and we will be ready as markets switch to electric-only by the end of this decade. This step marks a profound reallocation of capital. By managing this faster transformation while safeguarding our profitability targets, we will ensure the enduring success of Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to our highly qualified and motivated workforce, I am convinced that we will be successful in this exciting new era.”

To smoothen the shift, Mercedes-Benz revealed their comprehensive plan which shows the notable acceleration in R&D. Between 2022 and 2030, the total investments that Mercedes-Benz will put into battery electric vehicles will amount to more than €40 billion. Expediting and pushing the EV portfolio plan will also advance the tipping point for EV adoption.

Technology Plan

Architectures: Three electric-only architectures will be launched by 2025:

MB.EA will be dedicated to the medium to large size passenger cars. They will establish a scalable modular system that will be the electric backbone for the upcoming EV portfolio.AMG.EA will take on the performance electric vehicle platform that will work on the technology and performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG clients.VAN.EA will be pioneering purpose made electric vans and Light Commercial Vehicles, which will contribute greatly towards an emission free cities and transportation in the future.

Vertical integration: Mercedes-Benz just reorganized its powertrain activities. They placed planning, development, purchasing, and production in just one roof. The company also plans to greatly enhance the level of vertical integration that they have in manufacturing and development, as well as insource electric drive technology. Part of the plan is the acquisition of UK based electric motor company YASA. The deal with YASA will help Mercedes-Benz to have access to the exclusive axial flux motor technology and expertise. It is what they’d need to develop the next generation ultra-high performance motors.

In-house electric motors like the eATS 2.0 are important in their strategy as they concentrate on efficiency and total cost of the whole system which also includes software and inverters. Since the world’s largest new energy vehicle (NEV) market is China, it is unsurprisingly the place where hundreds of suppliers and companies that are specializing on EV components and software technologies have set up shop. It is expected that the country will be important in the electrification strategy of Mercedes-Benz.

Batteries: Mercedes-Benz will need more than 200 Gigawatt hours battery capacity, and to do that they plan to build eight Gigafactories that would produce cells, along with their partners all over the world. This plan is on top of the network of nine plants built for the purpose of building battery

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Mercedes-Benz is Gearing Up to Go All-Electric
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/mercedes-benz-goes-all-electric/
Published Date: Sun, 08 Aug 2021 22:50:49 +0000

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Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more

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The latest custom motorcycles and bike news.
The Swiss maestros at VTR Customs deliver the first custom BMW R1300GS that we’ve seen, while Radical Speedshop builds a bespoke Moto Guzzi café racer like no other. We also look at a tidy Yamaha XT500 restomod and a stunning 1949 Triumph Speed Twin bobber.

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BMW R1300GS by VTR Customs When BMW announced its new flagship adventure motorcycle, the BMW R1300GS, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw it customized. Thanks to Switzerland’s VTR Customs, we didn’t have to wait too long.

Big adventure-style bikes with go-fast bits are all the rage right now. Machines like the Ducati Multistrada V4 RS and BMS M1000XR are primed for riders who want adventure bike ergonomics in a performance-orientated road-going package. This is probably what inspired the mad scientists at VTR Customs.

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Title: Speed Read: A razor-sharp BMW R1300GS from Switzerland and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-march-3-2024
Published Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2024 19:12:35 +0000

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Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023

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Safety is becoming more important to luxury car buyers. Wealthy individuals want vehicles that will protect themselves and their passengers.

However, it isn’t always clear which brand offers the best safety profile. Now, though, figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal a winner – the German automaker Audi.

The NHTSA looked at the rate of crashes per 1,000 drivers and found that Audi had a crash rate of just 0.54, putting it below tech leader Mercedes at 0.55 and far from Subaru which was up at 0.75.

The question on many people’s lips is why Audi is so safe. After all, Mercedes is the manufacturer that tends to bring the latest safety technology to market first.

The main reason appears to be the brand’s heavy investment in safety technology in recent years. The company conducts significant research and development in-house, allowing it to bring technologies to market at a lower price point than its rivals. Drivers benefit from comprehensive safety features across the range instead of solely on high-end models.

re Advanced Safety Features Necessary?

Previously, skeptics scoffed at the value of advanced car safety features, calling them gimmicky. However, the evidence suggests that it is effective, especially in recent years. Advanced driver assistance systems are finally coming of age and having a noticeable impact on the number of insurance claims. Data from LexisNexis Risk Solutions suggests that bodily injury claims are 27 percent lower with these systems, and property damage claims are 19 percent lower. 

These statistics are good news for drivers. It means that they can expect statistically different outcomes driving Audi vehicles than conventional cars. It represents a genuine upgrade. 

Car accident attorney Adam S. Kutcher is at the forefront of the consequences of vehicle collisions. The lawyer has tremendous knowledge of how vehicle accidents can cause harm.

“The people that come to us are real people who are often going through the most challenging time in their life,” he says. “People worry about who will pay their medical bills and lost wages, even if insurers agree to pay to replace vehicles. That’s why this new technology is so exciting for everyone who practices in this area. We don’t want to see people getting hurt. Instead, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and that as many people avoid this harrowing experience as possible.”

Currently, tort law is helpful to victims of car accidents through additional provisions in the legal code. But the reality is that many people never recover from their injuries and can’t go back to work, regardless of the medical care they receive.

“We can sometimes get big rewards for people seriously injured in car accidents, but financial compensation is only ever partial,” says Kutcher. “Money can’t fix a disability or even a tragic death in the family for an auto accident. That’s why car manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and investing in this technology.”

The Components Of Advanced Driver Safety Systems

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Advanced driver safety systems refer to a plethora of technologies car manufacturers are including in their vehicles thanks to advances in software and chip technology.

Automatic emergency braking is one of the most coveted features. Vehicles can now brake independently of drivers if they believe a crash is imminent, preventing rear-end shunts and jackknifes at interchanges.

Manufacturers have gradually increased the range of situations in which this technology will activate over recent years. Previously, it was solely to stop drivers from bumping into the car ahead, but now cameras can detect cross-traffic, even when reversing, and

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By: Wilson Lim
Title: Audi Tops the Luxury Car Safety Charts in 2023
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/automobile/audi-tops-the-luxury-car-safety-charts-in-2023.html
Published Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2023 07:56:16 +0000

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The Rise of Car Gallery Homes

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Forget the garage — the rise of car gallery homes leads many car collectors to create better spaces for their prized machines.

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Sam Burch built this space for a Ferrari collector’s home. Image: Sam Burch Architect

“Carchitecture” is a newly coined phrase that describes the world of cars and architecture coming together in a fluid, cohesive design. Celebrating the adoration of fluidity, lines and optimisation of space and spectacular design, owners of these collectable cars often seek an architect or interior designer to integrate the vehicle into the home and frame it like a beautiful object.

No discerning car collector would allow his or her automobile treasures to sit in some dank and dark garage, nor can you park in the street for fear of being stolen or scratched. From rare Aston Martins, classic Porsches and highly-prized Mercedes-Benz cars, these car collectors are now taking a new approach to admiring their exceptional vehicles without going into a garage.

Their beloved cars have become celebrated objects in the heart of their penthouse, mansions, or bungalows. Etienne Borgos, one of the co-directors of Borgos Pieper Studio who has designed homes for car collectors, “Clients are choosing to have their cars in their homes or apartments, even at the penthouse level, as a celebration of the car as a design object. It’s taking car ownership to the next level.”

Now integrated into an interior setting rather than a garage, the car gives rise to all the spoils and extravagances. Some notable projects include a modern Shenzhen home designed by O-office Architect where the homeowner has a classic Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale as the centrepiece. Over in the Netherlands, a homeowner wanted his 2008 Tesla Roadster as the piece de resistance in the living room, so he got architectural firm Studio OXL to transform a carpenter’s workshop into a spacious loft while preserving the former entryway of the factory.

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O-Office Architects converted a textile factory in Shenzhen to house a client’s Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale. Image:Steffen Jahn

For these clients, money is no concern as setting up a small car gallery starts from £ 2 million. Jonathan Clark runs an architectural practice called Jonathan Clark Architects but has also set up another architectural practice that delves into “luxury spaces for cars”. Clark also owns a trove of classic Porsches, a Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo, and it allows him to connect with his car-adoring billionaire customers who enjoy sitting at home to appreciate beautiful cars in a gallery-like space.

Such car art galleries have become the playground for wealthy individuals who desire houses and interior spaces built around their expensive wheels, such as the USD 135 million 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, which sits decidedly beautifully next to your dining room or indoor swimming pool.

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Architect Jonathan Clark at Garage Deluxe designs spaces built around cars, so

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By: Joe Lim
Title: The Rise of Car Gallery Homes
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/cars/the-rise-of-car-gallery-homes.html
Published Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 03:21:18 +0000

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