Electric cars will end up killing three-volume bodies, according to Daimler’s chief designer

Daimler, like the rest of the manufacturers, it has not only been forced to immerse itself in change and invest everything in electrification: it is also going to stop developing new plug-in hybrid vehicles due to its complexity.

Focused on 100% electric cars, the German manufacturer is seeing how this technology will inevitably affect the proportions of cars, especially sedans: “Electrification will put an end to three-volume bodies“said Daimler Chief Designer Gorden Wagener.

“The proportions of cars will change”


Wagner points to high-end electric sedans need big battery packs, which affects its traditional design. A design that, on the other hand, the Head of Design considers one of the most complicated to carry out.

There is talk of a three-volume body in a car whose silhouette has a recess at the base of the windshield and at the base of the rear window. This type of car is made up of three clearly defined volumes: the engine compartment (the bonnet area), the passenger compartment and the boot.

We are seeing it with the new Mercedes-AMG EQS (with a more aggressive image compared to the rest of the EQS) and the Mercedes-Benz EQE, where it is played with the hatchback, coupe and sedan bodywork.


“That’s why we came up with that bold design with the EQ models, because it looks sleek and sleek. So [la electrificación] it will change the proportions of the cars. We have to make sure they don’t all look alike, but that fear has been around for about 30 years. ” has said the Daimler Design Manager.

We are also seeing how the front end of electric cars becomes more homogeneous, less aggressive and with less character as the ventilation function of the front grill disappears:

“They are frontals without faces, a bit anonymous. They are all very similar. Do they seem aggressive? No. They want to look more like a supercomputer on wheels,” says the person in charge in statements to Top Gear.

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