Daimler, the parent company of car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, says it has a fully CO₂-neutral car fleet in twenty years. This probably means that from 2039 the company will no longer make new cars with a combustion engine.
The Mercedes plan, named Ambition2039, does not seem to be a hard requirement; it is an ambition, an objective to make only CO₂-neutral cars for passengers from 2039 onwards. The company describes this as a “fundamental transformation of our company in less than three product cycles.” “That’s not much time when you consider that fossil fuels have dominated our company since the invention of the car by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler, about 130 years ago,” the company said.
This is not the only ambition expressed by the German company. By 2030, the manufacturer wants electric models to represent more than half of all car sales. This concerns both fully electrically driven models, such as the upcoming electric EQC suv , and hybrids. Earlier the company indicated that from 2022 it will offer electric versions of all its cars . Incidentally, cars with the Smart brand, owned by Mercedes-Benz, will no longer be fitted with combustion engines from 2020.
Mercedes also indicates that it will electrify vans, trucks and buses, without giving further details. In addition, the company says it strives for CO₂-neutral production. The upcoming, so-called Factory 56 in Sindelfingen, Germany, is the example, since this plant will run on renewable energy and, according to Mercedes, will be CO₂ neutral from the start. From 2022 other factories must follow this example. The company also speaks of ‘a potential recycling ratio of 85 percent’ for its cars.
The manufacturer says that these ambitions are very challenging, both technologically and financially, but that he takes the plans very seriously. Mercedes reports that the Paris agreement is considered ‘more than a commitment’ and that part of the income of the highest directors is made dependent on the sustainability objectives achieved. Incidentally, the company is not very specific when discussing its ambitions; for example, it is unclear whether from 2039 only fully electrically powered passenger cars will be made.