Just a few weeks ago, Mercedes-Benz announced that it will end the production of both petrol-powered cars and diesel vehicles by 2039. As a result, in the coming years, used cars and salvage cars will be the only petrol and diesel Mercs available on the market. Don’t worry though – you can still enjoy some fantastic deals on used and salvage Mercedes cars and vans through our online car auctions.
Mercedes-Benz will make the permanent switch to pure electric power “within less than three product cycles” according to Ola Källenius, who is now the head of the company. Each cycle generally lasts for around eight years.
Mercedes to go carbon neutral
The decision to drop internal combustion entirely is part of the German car maker’s ‘Ambition2039’ plans, which aim to transform the brand into a carbon-neutral company.
As well as dropping diesel and petrol models from their range, Mercedes has also set a target of plug-in hybrid or pure-electric vehicles accounting for at least half of its global new car sales by 2030.
To make this possible, the German manufacturing giant is planning to rapidly expand its range of zero-emissions models. Back in 2018, Mercedes’ parent company Daimler confirmed that it will launch 10 pure-electric production models by 2025. The first of these was the EQC SUV, which went on sale in the UK in 2019. In addition, by 2022, the company has stated that all European Daimler factories will be producing vehicles in a climate-neutral manner.
Move from Mercedes is part of a wider trend
Interestingly though, Mercedes-Benz isn’t the first company to commit to going carbon neutral. Back in December 2018, Volkswagen said it would launch its last petrol and diesel-powered models in 2026. Similarly, Volvo has said that it aims to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2025.
On top of this, Kia has already completely stopped the development of new diesel engines. The same can also be said for Groupe PSA, who own Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen. In addition, Groupe PSA has also announced that it will stop selling petrol and diesel cars entirely by 2025.
Although drivers have already proven that they’re happy to make the switch to electric models, considerable appetite for petrol and diesel models remains in the market due to fears over the practicalities of charging electric cars and the range of the vehicles. Due to this, petrol and diesel Mercedes models are likely to remain popular for years to come and Mercedes cars like the A Class will remain hugely lucrative to ‘flip’ for profit.
If you’re looking to purchase used petrol or diesel Mercedes vehicles and ‘flip’ them for profit, you’re in exactly the right place. Here at RAW2K, we’ve got a huge range of Mercedes salvage cars for sale, along with models from other leading luxury brands like Audi and BMW. Our online salvage car auctions are refreshed on a regular basis, so there are always great deals to be had! Why not take a look around our site, and see what great deals you can find?