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Mercedes to Bids Farewell to ICE Platform
A Mercedes-Benz E300, a later incarnation of a series of vehicles born in 1953. © Mercedes-Benz AG

Mercedes to Bids Farewell to ICE Platform

By Simon Johns - Nov 08, 2022

Mercedes announced it will make the 2025 E Class its last model based on an internal combustion engine platform. All new models from then on will be based on a platform specifically developed for electric vehicles. The German luxury carmaker aims to make only battery electric vehicles by 2030, after producing ICE vehicles for more than a century.

In the first six months of 2022, the company made about 1.5 million cars. Of these, 75,000 were EVs, representing about 5% of production. While Mercedes’ demand for first-fill engine oil will not drop off steeply just yet, lubricant suppliers such as ExxonMobil, as well as service fill blenders such as Castrol and Petronas, will start to feel the effects.

“As things stand today, the E-Class with its derivatives is the last Mercedes-Benz model to be created on a pure combustion engine platform,” Markus Schäfer, Mercedes’ development boss, told German car publication Automobilwoche.

The company will be reducing its internal combustion engine range with the introduction of the Euro 7 emissions standard. Environmental groups lambasted the standard for being weak when a leaked draft surfaced recently. It is also cutting ties with France’s Renault, which makes engines for the A, B and CLA Class cars.

Like its German counterparts, Mercedes has pinned its future strategy on BEVs as they way to meet its Ambition 2039 carbon-neutral target. It has eschewed other zero-emissions technologies, such hydrogen fuel cells at least for passenger cars. The plan stipulates that its 2,000 suppliers’ production materials must be carbon neutral by 2039 at the latest. Mercedes stated that it would not renew contracts for those suppliers that could not commit to the target.