At last: Mercedes sees the green in electric

We can thank Tesla for the leadership, but at long last Mercedes has seen the future and is rolling out a line of fully electric vehicles, with all the style and safety its brand implies.   The goal is to develop a completely new signature look from the ground up for 4 different models including an SUV.  See Mercedes to unveil its first all-electric vehicle at Paris auto show in September:

While Mercedes has introduced several plug-in hybrid powertrains in its lineup, the German automaker has not been pushing very hard on the all-electric front. The company never built an electric car from the ground up and its only battery-powered vehicles were built on existing model platforms (A Class and B Class) with drivetrains developed in partnership with Tesla.

But earlier this year, the company announced a change in direction and greenlighted 4 new all-electric cars for production. Now we learn that the company is set to unveil the first of 4 models later this year at the Paris Motor Show.

In a new report, Autocar cites insider sources revealing that the company is working on a new SUV for the first of its new EV lineup:

The new concept, currently undergoing construction at Mercedes’ prototype workshop on the outskirts of Stuttgart in Germany, is said to provide “a clear insight” into the external appearance, interior appointments, technical layout and overall dimensions of the German car maker’s first truly dedicated electric vehicle  – a uniquely styled SUV.

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