Daimler Rushes to Build More EVs
Having zero emission levels, EVs are the perfect answer to the carmakers' prayers. The more they are in a carmaker's lineup, the easier will be for them to meet the harsher emission standards.
This is also true in the case of German manufacturer Daimler, which plans to use the agreement it has with Nissan and Renault to push for more electric vehicles.
The European Union (EU) plans to tighten the belt drastically by 2020, the year when all car manufacturers will be asked to have a level of around 95 grams of carbon dioxide per km for every new car sold.
"We won't be able to meet the target of 95 grams CO2 in 2020 without electric vehicles with batteries and fuel cells," Thomas Weber, head of development for Daimler told Reuters.
Back in April, Daimler partnered with the Renault Nissan alliance, in a move which will give the Germans access to both small cars technologies and electric vehicles. Daimler also holds a stake in American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla.
Daimler will slowly shift to electric vehicles, which in their case will be shaped as fuel celled cars. From Renault, Daimler will take the future Twingo architecture and use it to create the next generation smart, complete with an electric version.