Mercedes-Benz reportedly determined that it’s not going to promote its new electrical car, the EQC, within the USA. This follows the year-old announcement of the corporate delaying the American launch of its EV till this 12 months. An organization spokesperson advised Autoblog, “Following a complete assessment of market developments, the EQC is not going to be supplied in the USA for now.”

The article famous that the corporate’s assertion urged that the mannequin may very well be right here sometime and that it was developed with American laws in thoughts. Nevertheless, the corporate’s determination to not promote it here’s a bit odd. Given the truth that the corporate reportedly had excessive hopes for it and priced it affordably in comparison with its different luxurious ICE (inside combustion engine) fashions, canceling it all of a sudden is simply actually unusual.

Mercedes-Benz EQC. Picture courtesy of Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz had priced its EQC at $68,895. There have been three trim ranges that it deliberate to supply right here. Autoblog famous that the consultant they spoke with confirmed that the following electrical Mercedes-Benz that might launch within the US was the EQS, which can be positioned as a inexperienced various to its new S-Class. It ought to land in showrooms this fall as a 2022 mannequin. We’ll see.

For Tesla critics who claimed the EQC could be huge competitors for Tesla SUVs, it seems they should hold their hopes on yet one more future mannequin.

Mercedes Is Sluggish On EVs

It seems Mercedes-Benz is severe about EVs but. Earlier this month, it was famous that Mercedes Benz was attempting to persuade its buyer base in Europe to purchase ICE autos as an alternative of its EQA. Clients who had been attempting to configure their EQA on Mercedes-Benz’s web site had been redirected to “comparable new autos which might be already obtainable,” and none of those autos had been electrical. (So how comparable had been they, actually?)

There may very well be many causes that Mercedes isn’t launching its EQC right here within the US, however the backside line is that the corporate isn’t attempting laborious sufficient to promote its EVs. The actual query is why?

Mercedes-Benz EQC. Picture courtesy of Mercedes.

Why would an organization attempt to cut back the gross sales of its merchandise? Why would an organization cancel the launch of a product? Mercedes may very well be not sure of its electrical merchandise. I believe that Mercedes-Benz isn’t assured its EVs will promote to the purpose that they’ll make a revenue, because it does with its ICE autos. This is the reason, I consider, they’re attempting to push ICEVs over EVs whereas canceling the launch of an EV right here within the US. It’s all about cash.

One other chance is that Mercedes is having a provide drawback. It may very well be having hassle securing the batteries it could want for the car, for instance. There are not any clear indications just lately that’s the case. Nevertheless, it was blamed for the EQC’s delayed launch final 12 months.

An alternative choice? It simply doesn’t care. If it isn’t compelled to promote EVs, it doesn’t need to promote EVs.

Mercedes-Benz EQC. Picture courtesy of Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz EQC. Picture courtesy of Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz EQC. Picture courtesy of Mercedes.

There has at all times been numerous FUD (worry, uncertainty, and doubt) put forth by Tesla’s vocal critics about the way forward for Tesla. One of the crucial frequent claims is that the “competitors is coming” from legacy automakers. Sadly, the approaching cvalry is commonly underwhelming. Naturally, if Mercedes can’t even launch an EV in Tesla’s dwelling nation, it’s undoubtedly not threatening competitors for Tesla. It’s Tesla’s competitors within the sense that it sells luxury-class autos — ICE autos — however that is the place the true drawback lies.

We have to electrify our autos. Legacy auto wants to impress its autos. But it’s nonetheless pushing fossil gas autos over electrical autos, and never caring in regards to the results these polluting autos have on our surroundings. They know in regards to the results — they only don’t care. And the one means they’ll care is that if EV gross sales begin affecting their financial institution accounts in a severe means.

Mercedes-Benz EQC. Picture courtesy of Mercedes.



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