Daimler announced they were stopping the development of the internal combustion engine and focus on electric powertrains from now on.
Climate change is on the agenda these days with marches happening around the world. This global awareness obviously has effects on the decisions made by the higher authorities of car manufacturers. In recent months (and even years), we have observed this shift towards electric energy within brands that, just five years ago, would never have even considered swapping traditional mechanics for a motor powered by a battery pack.
This shift will not happen overnight, manufacturers who have to consider several factors before relegating the internal combustion engines to oblivion, including the thorny issue of the energy network that still has to develop at high speed.
But, as the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport has learned, Mercedes-Benz no longer intends to develop a new generation of internal combustion engines. On the other hand, the German division wants to bet on electric powertrains. This is what Markus Schaefer, Development Director of Daimler, MB’s parent company, said to the German publication.
The interrupted development of thermal mechanics does not prevent the change of some components attached to these engines if only to improve the performance or efficiency thereof.
Moreover, while waiting for the complete turn towards the electric, Mercedes-Benz could also continue to reduce displacement on its existing models. It should not be surprising to see AMG cars with the latest evolution of the 4-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo engine, the mill that still delivers 421 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque and can very be well suited to rear-wheel-drive platforms.
What you have to understand is that the internal combustion engine is far from being out of the equation at Mercedes-Benz – or anywhere else in the industry – in the short or medium term, but this announcement by Mr. Schaefer confirms the inevitable: the internal combustion engine is bound to disappear!