Update: ‘What is the criterion for an electric Mercedes-AMG model?’ section updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ 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 more AMG lovers sign checks to get 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.
Jens Hüser, Leader / Project Leader – EVA2 AMG models, Mercedes-AMG, has confirmed that the company does plan to launch 63 EVs, carsales said in a report published on October 17, 2022. These models will likely use axial flux motors that are slimmer than the typically used radial flux motors but have a larger diameter. Hüser confirmed that Mercedes-AMG will use these performance-focused motors in the future.
Interestingly, parent Mercedes-Benz Group acquired a UK-based company called Yasa in July 2021. Yasa has been developing axial flux motors, and according to another announcement dated November 18, 2021, the production of these ultra-high-performance electric motors will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Berlin-Marienfelde plant in Germany.
Special battery & cells
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.
According to a report JESMB published on November 12, 2022, the cells Mercedes-AMG uses in the AMG.EA platform EVs will have a unique chemistry. The same report also states two AMG.EA platform-based models will arrive from the end of 2025, both manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, Germany.
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.
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 a regular car, stating that the company will use senses (felt through one’s ears, eyes, hands, back, chest) to create an experience similar to a gasoline-engined 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 Källenius 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 Källenius, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Group (Q4 2021 earnings conference call on February 24, 2022)
The Mercedes-AMG GT Electric could be the ultimate ultra-high-performance pure-electric four-door coupe. It will arrive later in the market than competitors like the Lucid Air Sapphire and the Tesla Model S Performance, but Affalterbach should raise the benchmark in its segment for performance, driving dynamics, comfort, connectivity, and safety. Porsche would release the next-gen Taycan soon after, though, keeping Mercedes-AMG on its toes.
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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