Mercedes-Benz Cars sets strategic course for electromobility
In 2017, Mercedes-Benz Cars set an important strategic course for electromobility. The following are highlights of the company’s electric initiative:
- Electric hubs for the production of electric vehicles and batteries are currently being built around the globe.
- By 2022, Daimler says it will electrify the entire Mercedes-Benz portfolio, offering customers at least one electrified alternative in all Mercedes-model series. The company is planning to offer more than 50 electrified vehicle variants. To that, Mercedes-Benz says it will continuously support the development of plug-in hybrids and the introduction of 48-volt-systems. More than 10 models of the over 50 electrified vehicles will be fully electric cars—in all segments, from smart to large SUVs.
- Over the next few years, Mercedes-Benz Cars says it's investing 10 billion euros in the expansion of its electric fleet and an additional 1 billion euros in a global battery production network within the worldwide production network. The company says its goal is to create a global battery network.
- The first electric vehicle of the new product and technology brand EQ will roll off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Production of the EQC, an all-electric SUV, will start in 2019.
- Shortly afterward, the EQC will also roll off the production line at BBAC, Daimler's joint venture with BAIC. Further locations for EQ models are the Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt and Sindelfingen in Germany, and Tuscaloosa, AL in the U.S. At these locations, the model range is extended to include electric vehicles of the compact, upper, and luxury class as well as the SUV segment.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, stated, “Our electric vehicles will be built in six plants on three continents. We address every market segment: from the smart fortwo seater to the large SUV. The battery is the key component of e-mobility. As batteries are the heart of our electric vehicles, we put a great emphasis on building them in our own factories. With our global battery network, we are in an excellent position: As we are close to our vehicle plants, we can ensure the optimal supply of production. In case of a short-term high demand in another part of the world, our battery factories are also well prepared for export. The electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars is right on track. Our global production network is ready for e-mobility. We are electrifying the future.”
In 2018, Daimler will complete the second battery factory in Kamenz and intensify preparations for the EQC at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. In 2019, the EQC will be the first series vehicle of the product and technology brand EQ to roll off the production line at Bremen and at BBAC in Beijing.