The star of the Munich Auto Show? push for rapid electrification

in spite of With the global pandemic and severe shortages of silicon chips, German carmakers brought a crazy-positive, get-er-done attitude to this week’s opening of the Munich Auto Show. I think it’s fun to do the right thing, especially when you have no choice.

Moved from business-friendly Frankfurt, miniaturized and rebranded to emphasize sustainability and zero emissions, IAA Mobility 2021 often feels less like a climate policy retreat and/or car show than electric-bike Woodstock, with The expo halls are filled with devilishly clever e. -Assisted two-wheelers, cargo trikes, even “pedelecs”, as diverse as birds. The product-design margin between an e-bike and a proper electric motorcycle has dangerously attractive minibikes aimed at young urbanites like BMW‘s

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German manufacturers hope that sales in the US will help ease the burden of electrification in the domestic market.

Back in the days of excesses—five years ago?—the Frankfurt show was a carousel of fire-breathing, petrol-killing sports cars, SUVs and GTs. This week in Munich, if a car had a tailpipe, it would have been thrown into the shadows. And yet, the cars in the spotlight—BMW’s new electric IX3 and IX, for example, or VW’s city-car concept, id. Life-made the new normal look great. What would you call a 1,088-hp electric race-car that can compete in 30 minutes and recharge in 15, built by the guys who always win Le Mans? But first we should eat our vegetables.

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BMW and Daimler declared their companies’ love of electrification and promised to phase out internal-combustion vehicles sooner, not later than their previous, deep-seated intention to do so.

The excitement of a quick schedule can also be thought of as an optic. The German national elections are less than three weeks away. In the aftermath of the 2015 Dieselgate scandal, and the climate-exacerbating floods and fires of 2021, European voters and parliaments have become utterly disillusioned with automakers. The European Union wants to ban new car tailpipe emissions by 2035. In Germany, the Green Party is thinking like 2030; And it also wants to impose a 130-kMh speed limit on the Autobahn. Already in Germany, France and the UK, taxes are almost half of the cost of a liter of petrol.

Mission Possible Porsche’s electric race-car concept, the Mission R, has the same power and performance as the 911 Carrera Cup racer. With front and rear e-motors (maximum 1,088 hp in qualifying mode), the Mission R can run for 30 minutes and recharge to 80% capacity in 15 minutes.


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The point is, to an extent that I find surprising and without precedent, the fate of the German Big Three is now a political matter, a strange referendum in the face of an aggrieved customer base. Car manufacturers can each be regulated in receivership in their home market, and they know this very well.

To Americans, Europe may seem far away, and Brussels may even be Mars. Certainly when it comes to cars, it’s hard to imagine that a slew of regulations, or international climate-change agreements, signed there, could affect what we buy here. But they would, and the Munich show was a pretty good foreshadowing.

For one thing, electric models are taking their place at the top of the ladder of economic envy of luxury brands. Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Maybach premiered five all-electric models in Munich, including the electric G-Class concept, the EQG; Production Electric E-Class Sedan (EQE); compact crossover EQB; and the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV. So, well, if you and your US-based crew want the latest Maybach, the most positional and exclusive thing the company has ever made, you’ve got to go electric. Besides, you want.

The flood of new E-models also suggests to me a long twilight for the Rump portfolio—the current and final generation of the gas-powered E-Class, or B-Class, or G. From 2025, the company said, all newly launched vehicle architectures will be battery-electric. “After that, it’s just a matter of time,” Daimler and Mercedes-Benz chairman Ola Kelenius said on Monday. Until then he “impatiently” awaits the end of internal combustion.

What it means: If in 10 years American buyers insist on a Mercedes-Benz with tailpipes, they’ll pay more for a product whose technology is a decade older.

Sound Machine A performance variant within the company’s new electric S-Class, the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ produces up to 751 hp and 752 pound-feet through its AWD underpinnings, and to create a special “loudspeaker, Uses shakers and a sound generator. Sound Experience,” says the company.


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It’s clear that German carmakers expect sales in the U.S. market to help relieve the burden of electrification in the domestic market—with its lax standards, cheap gas, and great love of all things electric. The BMW Group is targeting a 50% reduction in global use-stage CO2 emissions by 2030. Notable is the term “global,” which gives management flexibility, let’s call it, to sell large, high-pollution vehicles elsewhere on the planet—such as the US—and average their emissions with zero-emissions counterparts in Europe. .

VW Group’s catch phrase for the show is “push forward”, but their commitment to 70% of zero-emissions vehicle sales by 2030 only applies to Europe. Similarly, Daimler’s strategy update published in July is “committed to going all-electric by the end of the decade, where market conditions allow.” It is a large North American weasel.

I was invited to an off-site event by Porsche as the Munich show headed towards holinesshandjob

where they revealed … sorry … I am jumbled up. The Mission R is an all-electric cousin of the 911 Carrera Cup cars, one of the greatest sports-racing machines in history. The idea is that there will be a customer racing series with these Phillies. Team owner, racer and actor Patrick Dempsey was the arm candy of Porsche CEO Oliver Bloom for the event.

Going Mobile An example of “single-track mobility”, BMW’s Concept CE 02 electric urban minibike targets a younger demographic.


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Porsche chief designer Michael Maurer tells me that the Mission R from Beltline hints at a future production model. Below that line is “pure racing”, consisting of a rigid aerodynamic underbody – a type of semi-open wheel design such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie. With a burst of 680 hp from front- and rear-mounted electric motors (race mode), increasing to a maximum of 1,088 hp (qualifying mode), the Mission R has the same dynamic envelope as the current 911 GT3 cup car (0-60). mph in less than 2.5 seconds, top speed over 186 mph)—perhaps a little better, said Matthias Scholz, director of Porsche’s GT Racecars, with a wink over his mask. opening day.

Unlike Tesla’s skateboard-like underpinnings, the Mission R’s battery box is moved to the rear, just ahead of the rear axle, to improve its polar moment of inertia, i.e. handling feedback. The ironing board-shaped rear wing has a hydraulically actuated flap – the Drag Reduction System (DRS), derived from F1 racing – whose high speed efficiency helps the Mission R on laps for 30 minutes of competitive racing .

The Mission R also features Porsche’s 900-volt electrical architecture and double-plug charging system, capable of pumping electrons into the car at 340 kW. I guess then all you need is a generator big enough to power a small hospital. Porsche says their racing clients will be able to recharge the car to 80% capacity in about 15 minutes – less than the time it takes to change your overalls between stints.

See? The future isn’t that bad either.

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A previous version of this article contained a photo of a Mercedes-Benz EQE, incorrectly identified as a Mercedes-AMG EQS. (corrected on September 10)

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