© Reuters. Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow is pictured at the international Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
BERLIN (Reuters) – Mercedes-Benz is set to drop the EQ product brand for battery-electric cars as soon as the next generation of compact cars, set to be on the market from the end of 2024, German daily Handelsblatt said on Thursday, citing company sources.
The decision is based on Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius’ focus on electric-only cars, making the EQ brand redundant as Mercedes turns away from the combustion engine, Handelsblatt cited the sources as saying.
The German carmaker now markets its all-electric model series under the EQ brand, first announced in 2016, with its first model, the EQC electric SUV, launched in 2019.
Mercedes did not immediately respond to a request for comment.