Mercedes Benz AG is focusing on establishing a global battery production network and is investing more than one billion EUR to this end.
The network will consist of nine battery factories at seven locations in Europe, North America and Asia. Mercedes-Benz’s wholly owned subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz, Saxony will play a special role in this. As the competence centre for the global battery production network, it has been producing drivetrain batteries for electric and electrified vehicles from Mercedes Benz and smart as well as light commercial vehicles since 2012. After the second plant – designed from the outset to be CO2-neutral – went into operation in 2018, the Mercedes Benz subsidiary successively increased its production capacities and volumes. The annual production volume will soon exceed half a million battery systems for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and purely electric vehicles. The plant is also preparing for the next milestone of the product and technology brand EQ, which will also offer electric variants in the compact segment.
Mercedes-Benz’s electric offensive is in full swing. The company already offers various electrified models in each segment – from the 48-volt electric system (EQ Boost) and plug-in hybrids (EQ Power) to fully electrically powered vehicles (EQ). The focus is clearly on gradually increasing the percentage of purely electrically powered vehicles in the Mercedes Benz Cars portfolio. By the end of this year, Mercedes Benz will offer five purely electric models as well as 20 plug-in hybrids. In a few years, more than ten fully electric EQ models will be in series production. Mercedes Benz Cars’ new-car fleet is to become CO2-neutral in less than 20 years. By 2030, the company wants plug-in hybrids or purely electric vehicles to account for more than 50% of its passenger-car sales.
Accordingly, local battery production is an important success factor for Mercedes-Benz’s electric offensive and the key element for meeting the global demand for electrified vehicles flexibly and efficiently.
In Kamenz, about 50 kilometres from Dresden, the company has two factories that manufacture drivetrain batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as batteries for 48-volt systems. The Mercedes Benz subsidiary Accumotive acts as a competence centre within the global battery production network of Mercedes Benz Cars, which has nine battery factories at seven locations on three continents.
Accumotive has more than 10 years of experience in the efficient production of highly complex battery systems. Thanks to a close interlinking and consistent digitalisation of production processes, all locations of the global Mercedes Benz battery production network benefit from this expertise. Additional locations in Europe and the U.S. will soon start operations to meet global battery needs for vehicle production.
As a competence centre within our global battery-production network, the Kamenz site – with its broad product portfolio – plays a decisive role in the implementation of our “Electric first” offensive – says Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain Management. Flexibility is the decisive feature of our global production network of vehicle and powertrain plants. Our goal is an organic global network in which production capacities can be flexibly shifted between plants around the world. With more than 10 fully electric EQ models and a large number of plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles – for which we produce the battery systems here in #kamenz and within our global network – we can flexibly and efficiently meet the worldwide demand for electric and hybrid vehicles and gradually increase the electrical share within our vehicle range.
Source: Mercedes Benz AG