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Mercedes-Benz confirms EQ S electric flagship sedan by 2022

The EQ S will serve as an all-electric S-Class, squarely aimed at the Tesla Model S.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed plans to sell a purely battery-powered S-Class among its first wave of all-electric vehicles.

Known as the EQ S, the full-size sedan will be targeted at the Tesla Model S. It will be one of 10 EVs planned for launch by 2022, Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche said at a presentation attended by Bloomberg.

The electric luxury sedan is expected to feature unique styling to help distinguish the EV from its traditionally powered ancestor. A designer promised short overhangs and huge wheelbases.

The German automaker plans to bring an even larger number of vehicles to market with plug-in hybrid powertrains and 48-volt mild hybrid technology.

"All vehicles will be electrified," Zetsche promised.

Previous reports suggest the EQ S could be ready as soon as 2020.