Update: Electric AMG concept car section added.
In February 2022, Mercedes-AMG announced the sales launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance, billed as a new milestone for the company. The AMG-GT 63 S E Performance is the first performance hybrid for the brand while being its most powerful series production model with a total output of 843 hp.
However, even as AMG lovers gear up to order the new benchmark, which sees a 4.0-liter V8 at the front, Mercedes-AMG engineers are transitioning to pure electric cars, with the first Mercedes-AMG GT Electric (unofficial name) model anticipated mid-decade promising more thrills.
What is the criterion for an electric Mercedes-AMG model?
Speaking to Whichcar.com.au, Jochen Hermann, Chief Technical Officer of Mercedes AMG, first brought up the nomenclature, which has sparked a debate among enthusiasts. Hermann says for an AMG model to be called a ’63’, it has to be track-capable, and that is why the Mercedes AMG EQS 53 is not called a 63.
Adhering to this philosophy, Hermann indicates that Mercedes-AMG electric cars will focus on power-dense battery packs (i.e.) those capable of supplying high-performance motors at high-performance rates. Generally, these battery packs forego range and efficiency and instead focus on delivering high power for long durations without any deterioration in their output.
What can we expect from the Mercedes AMG-GT Electric?
The future Mercedes-AMG GT EVs will not witness the largest battery pack but one that can keep up with powerful motors. In addition, state-of-the-art DC fast-charging will be seen on electric AMGs, with engineers wanting to install the best technology available at the time. What the AMG-GT EV will not pursue will be range. Hermann believes around 310 miles (500 km) of range will satisfy buyers. Large capacity batteries add weight to lower efficiency, and the car’s handling suffers.
Interestingly, parent Daimler (now Mercedes-Benz Group) acquired a UK-based company called Yasa in July 2021. Yasa has been developing axial flux motors, which, compared to the radial flux motors being used currently, offer packaging advantages and could also be packaged into in-wheel motors.
Electric AMG concept car
During a recent technology conference, Markus Schafer, CTO at Mercedes-Benz, confirmed that there would some news in the coming weeks about Mercedes-AMG’s upcoming electric sports car and future e-performance technology, Auto Express reported on April 14, 2022.
Schafer also confirmed that the brand’s association with Yasa was very important. He stated that another “vision” would be displayed to show what’s happening on the “AMG side.” Expect a sporty pure electric concept from the brand in the near future. Additionally, Schafer stated that radial motors would be used by Mercedes-Benz while axial flux motors will be used by Mercedes-AMG.
Mercedes AMG.EA Platform
The Mercedes-AMG GT electric sports car will use the Mercedes AMG.EA platform that was announced in July 2021 for an entry into service around 2025. While Mercedes has not gone into detail about the specifics of this platform, Hermann hints that it may offer the emotional elements of driving an ICE car, stating that the company will use senses (felt through one’s ears, eyes, hands, back, chest) to create an experience similar to an ICE AMG. The new platform is developed to offer the best efficiency and aerodynamics for future Mercedes-AMG GT EVs.
During Mercedes-Benz Group’s Q4 2021 earnings conference call, CEO Ola Kallenius said that the AMG.EA is under development and will underpin several AMG electric cars starting in the second half of 2025.
I see good growth for AMG, both in the short but also in the medium term. Work is underway for the AMG EA platform, that will be an architecture for several all-electric AMGs coming in the second half of 2025 and forward.Ola Kallenius, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Group (Q4 2021 earnings conference call on February 24, 2022)
Mercedes-AMG GT Electric FAQs
What is the Mercedes AMG-GT Electric release date?
An electric Mercedes-AMG GT is expected during the second half of the decade.
What will be the price of the Mercedes-AMG GT Electric?
The AMG GT Electric could be priced north of USD 200,000.
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