Germany’s Daimler is gearing to compete with Tesla’s Model X SUV, and is expected to unveil a prototype of an electric-powered Mercedes with a 500km range at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, according to a report by Reuters.
Its chief development officer Thomas Weber said the structure is ready and initial results from road tests are coming in, but he had not given a concrete timeline on how soon we can expect to see the car on roads, though it would be some time this decade.
Daimler, along with other European carmakers are increasing investments in electric vehicles (EVs) to meet new EU pollution targets as well as to catch up with Tesla, while the German government announced subsidies for buyers of electric and other environmentally friendly cars.
Daimler would also be launching its fourth-generation electric Smart car this year-end in both two-seater and four-seater variants.
It currently offers two fully electric cars under its Smart and B-class models and a host of plug-in hybrids, with further hybrid models in the pipeline, and has also been working on fuel cell-powered cars.
The company initially planned to launch its fuel cell vehicle in 2014 but had to postpone due to pricing issues, but the fuel-cell powered SUC GLC is now expected to enter production next year, set to compete with the Toyota Mirai.