Mercedes says an electric CLA sedan is coming to the US next year to rival the Tesla Model 3
At Mercedes-Benz’s annual North American dealer meeting, the automaker highlighted its transformation in the electric era. To continue building momentum, Mercedes told dealers it has a healthy lineup of EVs in the pipeline, including an electric CLA sedan and GLC crossover coming in 2024.
Mercedes electric vehicle sales grew 251% in the first three months in the US, climbing to 7,341. The German automaker has introduced five fully electric models so far, with one in every category.
The automaker’s EV lineup consists of the EQS sedan, EQS SUV, EQB, EQE Sedan, and the EQE SUV. Dimitris Psillakis, president and CEO of Mercedes Benz USA, explained the newly introduced EQ models helped propel sales in Q1, adding:
We expect to further strengthen our position in the luxury SUV segment with the all-new EQE SUV, our second fully-electric SUV built in Alabama, and the upcoming all-electric Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV.
In April, Mercedes-Maybach unveiled its first purely electric model, the EQS 680 SUV, that “combines technical perfection with Maybach exclusivity.” It also comes complete with an ultra-luxurious interior and its own fridge.
At its North American dealer meeting, Psillakis told dealers fresh products and improved supply should help boost sales by 5% to 10% this year.
According to Automotive News, Mercedes has several upcoming electric models it believes will hit the sweet spots with buyers.
Electric Mercedes CLA sedan and GLC crossover coming
Mercedes dealer board chairman Joseph Agrestra said, “There’s a lot of EVs, and EV is certainly our future.” Although he did say the pipeline includes a healthy mix of EVs and ICE to fund the automaker’s electric ambitions.
According to sources, Mercedes is gearing up to take on Tesla’s Model 3 with an electric CLA sedan. The CLA EV is expected to get 400 miles of driving range and will arrive in the US next year.
The sources describe the electric sedan as larger than the ICE version but with a sleeker (presumably more aerodynamic) design. On the inside, the model will feature the brand’s digital-first cockpit used in current models.
Mercedes looks to steal market share from Tesla by attracting young, tech-driven customers. The brand is also expected to launch an electric GLC as a successor to the EQC electric crossover, the brand’s first mass-market EV for the US.
To replace the EQC’s limited range, Mercedes aims for roughly 300 miles with the electric GLC and a new design.
One dealer said the electric crossover featured rounded front and rear ends compared to the more squarely designed ICE version.
Mercedes also highlighted its commercial unit, which it plans to bolster with a new electric van architecture. The automaker revealed it would bring an electric Sprinter later this year, with midsize luxury vans and several electric camper vans following.
To accelerate sales further, Mercedes will use a “two-speed” sales approach, including rolling out EVs faster in states with higher adoption rates. The brand plans to go all-electric by 2030 where market conditions allow it.
The first US-built offshore wind substation is sailing to New York
The first US-built offshore wind substation is complete and headed to South Fork Wind – a major milestone for the US offshore wind industry.
Offshore substations collect and stabilize power that the wind turbines generate, preparing it for transmission to shore. South Fork Wind’s 1,500-ton, 60-foot-tall substation was designed and engineered in Kansas, and built near Corpus Christi by Kiewit Offshore Services, the largest offshore fabricator in the US.
The first US-built offshore wind substation left Kiewit’s factory on a ship late last week. It’s going to cross the Gulf of Mexico and then sail up the East Coast for installation off Long Island in a few weeks.
David Hardy, group EVP and CEO Americas at Ørsted, said:
The completion of South Fork Wind’s offshore wind substation is yet another first for this groundbreaking project and moves us one step closer to the project’s first ‘steel in the water.’
South Fork, which is being jointly developed by Danish wind giant Ørsted and energy provider Eversource, is expected to be operational by 2023, when it will become the first completed utility-scale offshore wind farm in US federal waters.
Cable laying is currently under way, and the installation of monopile foundations will begin in coming weeks.
The 132 megawatt (MW), 12-turbine project will produce enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes in New York.
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ZParq completes $2.7M seed round to bring ultracompact electric marine motors to market
Swedish marine propulsion startup ZParq announced it has successfully completed a seed round led by cleantech investors, totaling 2.5 million euros ($2.68M). With the fresh funding, ZParq looks to bring its compact electric marine motors, powertrains, and other adjacent technologies to market to help decarbonize the segment.
ZParq is a young startup founded in Sweden in 2020, which, according to the company, was founded to challenge the limits of marine propulsion by providing the most compact and scalable systems for propeller-driven watercraft. Furthermore, the startup is striving to deliver products that are designed to be sustainable over the entire value chain. Per the company site:
Our founding team covers the span of electromechanical design, hydrodynamics, electronics and product design. We’ve been developing our technology to fill the gap where compact submersible electric propulsion systems are needed for high performance applications.
As you’ll see below, ZParq has already developed and sleek and compact portfolio of marine technologies, including electric motors, battery packs, inverters, levers, and even a steering joystick. Early on, ZParq joined the portfolio of EIT InnoEnergy – the largest impact cleantech investor in Europe, who was the startup’s first institutional investor.
Now, EIT InnoEnergy, along with a couple of other capital venture funds, have opened up their checkbooks to help get ZParq’s electric marine motors out to market and beyond.
ZParq’s electric marine motors are sustainable end-to-end
The startup recently shared details of its successful seed round coled by Santander (via the Santander InnoEnergy Climate Fund) and Almi Invest GreenTech. EIT InnoEnergy also participated once again.
Each of these funds is focused around investments in early-stage companies developing new technologies to support a circular economy and combat climate change. Clearly, they see potential in ZParq – which is touting all-electric marine motors that are significantly smaller and more efficient compared to everything else on the current market.
ZParq states the motor’s light design reduces raw material and CO2 footprint by more than 50% in the production phase, and the circular design approach of its products helps reduce their environmental impact and climate footprint throughout their entire life cycle. ZParq CEO Jonas Genchel spoke to the successful seed round and the venture capitalists that have shown their support:
We are very happy to get Santander and Almi Invest GreenTech as new investors, they will provide us with the support required to finalize development of our first products and enable shipment to our customers already this year. Our scalable and modular technology has generated an overwhelming interest from boat manufacturers and ship builders globally, and we have customers within the complete range from small leisure boats to commercial vessels waiting for our powertrains. The company is currently in pilot phase with several OEMs and boat builders who are testing its 10kW and 50kW motors. It aims to have several units operating in water by this summer
It appears ZParq already has plenty of exciting electric marine technology in the works, including more powerful motors, so we will be sure to track its progress as these products approach market launch. A fresh 2.5 million euros should certainly help it continue to innovate and hopefully find success. More to come.
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