Mercedes Sport Cars are expected to begin selling the first electric sports car in 2019, the company has confirmed.
The first sports car to come to market with an electric roof will be the Mercedes-AMG GTC Concept, the German carmaker said on Wednesday.
The new sports car will have a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor with “no combustion”, Mercedes said.
It will come with a five-speed automatic transmission, a power rear-wheel drive sports mode, and a rear-wing electric roof.
The Mercedes-Benz GTC will be powered by an electric motor, a battery pack with a range of up to 100km (62 miles) and the power pack in the back will have electric motors.
It will be fitted with the “smart electric package” which has an onboard computer and a steering wheel-mounted “smart navigation system”.
It will also be fitted a new front bumper, rear spoiler and front splitter, the first sports cars to feature a new roof design, Mercedes said in a statement.
The GTC is due to go on sale in 2019.
The launch of the first hybrid sports car by Mercedes is seen as a sign of the global push towards electrification.
In 2018, Nissan Motor Co. introduced the Leaf electric car.
Earlier this year, BMW unveiled the electric car, the i8, which it said would become the world’s best-selling electric car in 2020.
Tesla Motors is also expected to unveil an electric version of its Model S SUV, the Model X, which is expected to be unveiled in 2021.
The company also said that its Model X P90D will be available in 2021, but no details were given on when or where it will be.
Tesla Model S and Model X will both feature the electric motor that drives the electric roof, Tesla said on its website.
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