Daim­ler has in­vested in bat­tery cells worth $22 bil­lion to drive the com­pany’s CASE cor­po­rate strat­egy, which rep­re­sents the fields of net­work­ing (Con­nected), au­ton­o­mous driv­ing (Au­ton­o­mous), flex­i­ble use (Shared & Ser­vices) and elec­tric drive sys­tems (Elec­tric).

Mercedes-benz plans to elec­trify its en­tire port­fo­lio by 2022 with var­i­ous elec­tri­fied al­ter­na­tives avail­able in ev­ery seg­ment. In to­tal, there will be over 130 vari­ants, from the 48volt elec­tri­cal sys­tem to EQ Boost and plug-in hy­brids and more than ten all-elec­tric ve­hi­cles pow­ered by bat­ter­ies or fuel cells. By 2025, sales of bat­tery-elec­tric ve­hi­cles are es­ti­mated to in­crease to 15-25% of the com­pany’s to­tal unit sales, de­pend­ing on in­di­vid­ual cus­tomer pref­er­ences and the devel­op­ment of the pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture.

Daim­ler is in­vest­ing over $11 bil­lion in the ex­pan­sion of the Mercedes-benz Cars elec­tric fleet and an­other over $1bil­lion in the global bat­tery pro­duc­tion net­work within the world­wide pro­duc­tion net­work. The com­pany pur­chases the cells on the world mar­ket. This en­sures the best pos­si­ble tech­nol­ogy and fo­cuses on the core com­pe­tence of bat­tery assem­bly. The global bat­tery pro­duc­tion net­work of Mercedes-benz Cars will in the fu­ture con­sist of eight fac­to­ries on three con­ti­nents. The first fac­tory in Ka­menz is al­ready in se­ries pro­duc­tion and the sec­ond fac­tory there will start se­ries pro­duc­tion at the be­gin­ning of 2019. Two more fac­to­ries will be built in Stuttgart-un­tertürkheim, one at the com­pany’s Sin­delfin­gen site, and one each at the sites in Bei­jing (China), Bangkok (Thai­land) and Tuscaloosa (USA). The lo­cal pro­duc­tion of bat­ter­ies is an im­por­tant suc­cess factor in Mercedes-benz Cars’ elec­tric offensive and is de­ci­sive for meet­ing the global de­mand for elec­tric ve­hi­cles flex­i­bly and ef­fi­ciently.

With re­gard to com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, Daim­ler Trucks, Daim­ler Buses and Mercedes-benz Vans are in­tro­duc­ing elec­tri­cal so­lu­tion for all seg­ments in in­ner-city traf­fic. Daim­ler has been gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with elec­tric trucks since 2010 and has had its first all-elec­tric truck, the Fuso ecan­ter light-duty truck, in se­ries pro­duc­tion on the mar­ket since

2017. The all-elec­tric eac­tros for heavy­duty distri­bu­tion trans­port has been un­der test­ing on Ger­many’s roads since June 2018. Se­ries pro­duc­tion in the bus seg­ment be­gan in au­tumn 2018 and the first Mercedes-benz ecitaro was re­cently de­liv­ered to Ham­burg’s pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tor Ham­burger Hochbahn AG. Mercedes-benz Vans is elec­tri­fy­ing its en­tire com­mer­cial fleet. It started with the all-elec­tric mid-size van evito, which has been de­liv­ered since Novem­ber 2018. The es­printer will fol­low in the sec­ond half of 2019. Mercedes-benz Vans is workign with Her­mes and Ama­zon Lo­gis­tics in Ger­many on two pi­lot projects in­volv­ing 1,500 Mercedes-benz elec­tric trans­porters and the cor­re­spond­ing charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture for Her­mes Ger­many and 100 evito vans for Ama­zon Lo­gis­tics.

Dr. Di­eter Zetsche, chair­man of the board of man­age­ment, Daim­ler AG, and head of Mercedes-benz Cars, said: “Our elec­tric offensive con­tin­ues to gain mo­men­tum. Af­ter in­vest­ing bil­lions of eu­ros in the devel­op­ment of the elec­tric fleet and the ex­pan­sion of our global bat­tery net­work, we are now tak­ing the next step: With the pur­chase of bat­tery cells for more than 20 bil­lion eu­ros, we are sys­tem­at­i­cally push­ing for­ward with the trans­for­ma­tion into the elec­tric fu­ture of our com­pany. We plan a to­tal of 130 elec­tri­fied vari­ants at Mercedes-benz Cars by 2022. In ad­di­tion, we will have elec­tric vans, buses and trucks.”

Wilko Stark, mem­ber of the di­vi­sional board, Mercedes-benz Cars, pro­cure­ment and sup­plier qual­ity, said: “With ex­ten­sive or­ders for bat­tery cells un­til the year 2030, we set an­other im­por­tant mile­stone for the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of our fu­ture elec­tric ve­hi­cles of the EQ prod­uct and tech­nol­ogy brand. In this way, to­gether with our part­ners, we en­sure the sup­ply of our global bat­tery pro­duc­tion net­work to­day and in the fu­ture us­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.