"We need to move the debate away from when you build the last combustion engine because it's not relevant," CEO Ola Kallenius said. "The question is how quickly can you scale up to being close to 100 percent electric and that is what we are focusing on."
Daimler said that as of 2025, the company expects full-electric and hybrid-electric cars to make up 50 percent of sales, earlier than its previous forecast that this would happen by 2030.
In 2025, the automaker will launch three electric platforms:
- MB.EA will cover medium to large passenger cars, establishing a scalable modular system that will be the "electric backbone" for the future EV portfolio.
- AMG.EA will be a dedicated performance EV platform for Mercedes-AMG cars.
- VAN.EA will underpin electric passenger minivans and light commercial vehicles.
Daimler will also build eight battery plants, with partners. Four will be in Europe and one in the United States. It said it will need battery capacity of more than 200 gigawatt hours as it ramps up EV production.
Daimler is also acquiring British firm YASA Ltd. to help it develop high-performance electric motors.
Daimler's announcement comes just over a week after the European Union proposed an effective ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars from 2035, aiming to speed up the switch to zero-emission EVs as part of a broad package of measures to combat global warming.
Ahead of the EU's announcement, automakers had announced a series of major investments in EVs.
Earlier this month, Stellantis said it would invest more than 30 billion euros by 2025 on electrifying its line-up.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report