Electric Mercedes-Benz C-Class Prototype Hits the Road in Germany
By Jordan Mulach
The highly anticipated release of the first electric version of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan is on the horizon, with testing already underway in Germany. The electric C-Class is expected to hit the market in 2025, but for now, it will be sold alongside its gasoline-powered counterpart.
Despite being heavily camouflaged, the electric car prototype closely resembles the classic C-Class sedan in size and proportions, appearing larger than the new CLA sedan, which is set to debut next year with both gasoline and electric options. The electric C-Class will adopt a different powertrain compared to the current petrol model, similar to the approach taken with Mercedes-Benz’s electric versions of the E-Class (EQE) and S-Class (EQS) models.
The design of the battery-powered sedan is expected to draw inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz Conceptual CLA class, which was unveiled in September as a preview of the new CLA. It is also expected to bear similarities to the current EQE and EQS sedans. Both the gasoline and electric versions of the C-Class may share the Mercedes-Benz Modular Architecture (MMA) platform, which is designed primarily for electric vehicles but can also accommodate gasoline and diesel applications.
Given that the current gasoline C-Class was not introduced until 2021 on a different platform, it is likely that the traditional model and its electric counterpart will be sold separately. This sets Mercedes-Benz apart from its German rival, BMW, which currently produces electric variants of its 5 Series (i5) and 7 Series (i7) on the same platform as the petrol and diesel versions.
Looking towards the future, Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to transition to electric power exclusively in select markets by 2030. This raises questions about whether the C-Class sedan will receive another generation with a gasoline-powered engine. Additionally, it is expected that an electric version of the Mercedes-AMG C63 high-performance sedan, set to debut by 2030, will replace the current model that has deviated from its traditional V8 roots in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a plug-in hybrid system.
The electric C-Class prototype is a significant step forward for Mercedes-Benz as it continues to expand its electric vehicle lineup. With the growing demand for electric vehicles worldwide and increasing pressure to reduce emissions, the addition of an electric C-Class will offer consumers a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional gasoline vehicles.
As the automotive industry embraces the shift towards electrification, Mercedes-Benz’s foray into electric vehicles signals the brand’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The launch of the electric C-Class marks an exciting new chapter for the luxury automaker as it continues to lead the way in electric vehicle technology.
About the Author:
Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan describes himself as an iRacing addict and can be found on weekends behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or cursing at his ZH Fairlane. Connect with Jordan on Twitter: @JordanFW07. Read more about Jordan Mulach.