In order to fight climate-change, manufacturers have all been trying to make their carbon footprint smaller. As a result, most of them have shifted to building electric and hybrid vehicles alongside the usual gasoline and diesel powered units. Some have even made their manufacturing plants carbon-neutral. However, Mercedes-Benz plans to take things one step further with their Ambition2039 plan.
According to the plan, Mercedes-Benz will be making their entire passenger car fleet carbon-neutral by 2039. At the same time, the German automaker wants hybrid and electric vehicles to comprise at least 50% of its sales by 2030. Furthermore, Mercedes says that the ‘fundamental transformation’ will occur ‘within less than three product cycles’.
The transition to becoming a carbon-neutral automaker starts with Mercedes’ manufacturing facilities. From 2022, the automaker says that all of its European plants will be carbon-neutral. The upcoming ‘Factory 56’, in addition to their Sindelfingen plant, will mark the start as it will be carbon-neutral from opening and will use renewable energy sources. Furthermore, Mercedes will also be working with its suppliers and partners to help them reduce their contribution to the world’s pollution.
Aside from building cleaner cars at carbon-neutral plants, part of the Ambition2039 plan involves Mercedes focusing on recycling as well. Specifically, the German automaker says that 85% of its vehicles can be recycled.
With that, the all-new EQC essentially marks the first of many new electric Mercedes-Benz models to come. The company is also working to have their commercial vehicles use greener powertrains as well.
Mercedes’ makeover in becoming a carbon-neutral manufacturer is nothing short of a challenge. However, once the automaker does achieve Ambition2039, it will surely make the world a better place to live in.