Mercedes-Benz’ ‘Ambition2039’ Plan Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2039
Plan includes having half of Mercedes’ passenger car fleet fully electric by 2030, plus renewable energy for its factories.
The future is greener and greener with each passing day, especially for Mercedes-Benz. The company already has mild-hybrid tech in some of its cars, as well as a few electric vehicles coming down the pike. Yet, that’s not enough for the automakers from Stuttgart.
According to Forbes, Mercedes and its parent company, Daimler-Benz AG, aim to have their entire passenger car lineup fully carbon neutral by 2039, under the Ambition2039 plan.
Per the plan, Mercedes is launching a few demo plants to help decarbonized the assembly process, including one called ‘Factory 56’ in the nearby town of Sindelfingen. Such plants will rely on renewable energy alone, with the aim decarbonizing all of its European plants by 2022, the rest by 2039.
On the line itself, Mercedes aims to electrify 50 percent of its lineup by 2030 with a mix of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, the first of which — the EQC — will arrive for the 2020 model year. Daimler’s line of commercial vans, buses, and trucks will undergo a similar decarbonization, with a focus on hydrogen power.
Finally, the plan calls for increases in recycling, especially for older Benzes that have travelled their last mile. By 2039, Mercedes expects to recycle 85 percent of those cars. Suppliers, too, will get in on the plan, which will be important when it comes to contracts with the company.
“To us the Paris Agreement is more than an obligation – it’s our conviction. And we have set a clear course to help prevent further acceleration of climate change,” wrote Daimler-Benz in a statement. We can’t wait to see what comes of Ambition 2039 in the years and decades to come.
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