From electric vehicles, through wall boxes and charging services to home energy storage units - the EQ ecosystem of intelligent electric mobility comprises products, services, technologies and innovations.
Electric mobility at Daimler is comfortable, flexible and reliable thanks to the wide range of services for the vehicle.
Individually customized: E-Mobility Services
Mercedes-Benz offers a broad range of services for this: The "Charge&Pay for Mercedes-Benz" app, which is currently available free of charge in Germany and Great Britain, makes the charging and payment at public charging columns particularly easily. With the "me connect" services and the associated "Remote Retrieval of Vehicle Status" service, it is possible to display the charge level, range and nearest charging station.
Charging at home
In order to ensure that you can always drive around the city full of energy, the smart electric drive models have many intelligent solutions on board. For example, all smart electric drive models have a high-performance on-board charger. This enables fast and convenient charging at home. In the USA and the UK the charging time is 2.5 hours. In Germany, where a different charger is required due to the single-phase alternating current, the smart electric drive can be charged 40 percent faster through the household socket. The charging process can be conveniently monitored remotely and many other functions such as intelligent charging can be controlled via the "smart control" app. The intelligent solutions include the energy-saving ECO mode and predictive radar-based recuperation, which converts braking energy back into a battery charge.
A further convenient feature is the "Wallbox service", which enables customers to charge electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles safely and quickly at home. The Wallbox is a powerful charging station for the garage, carport or company parking space. Battery certificates guarantee a minimum service life for the high-voltage batteries of the plug-in hybrid variants (six years or 100,000 kilometers) and the B-Class Electric Drive (eight years or 100,000 kilometers).
Own battery production
With the laying of the foundation stone in the Saxon town of Kamenz, one of the largest and most up-to-date battery factories in the world is being built by the wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE. This is already the second factory for lithium-ion batteries at the site in Saxony. The new production plant in Kamenz is to be put into operation in the middle of 2018. With the construction of a second battery factory, Daimler is currently significantly expanding its production capacities, with the production and logistics area being quadrupled in size. In total, Daimler is investing around one billion euros in a global battery production network.
Stationary storage solutions
Daimler is also breaking new ground with innovative stationary storage solutions. For example, 3,000 new replacement battery modules intended for use in the smart electric drive vehicle fleet are being bundled to form an XXL stationary storage solution in Hanover. And in Lünen, 1,000 used batteries from smart fortwo electric drive vehicles form the world's largest second-use battery storage system. Both technologies improve the ecobalance of electric mobility and at the same time help to mitigate the unavoidable fluctuations that occur during electricity generation using renewable energies.
High-performance charging network for electric cars
The breakthrough of e-mobility requires two things above all: convincing vehicles and an extensive charging infrastructure. (…) Together with our partners we are now developing the most efficient charging infrastructure in Europe. For the first time, the availability of rapid-charging columns is enabling e-mobility over long distances and will contribute towards more and more customers deciding in favor of an electric vehicle.
In order to actively contribute to the expansion of the necessary infrastructure, a joint venture for a high-performance charging network is currently being planned. Together with the Volkswagen Group, the BMW Group and Ford Motor Company, Daimler intends to set up thousands of charging stations by 2020, which will - with a charging power of up to 350 kW - enable much faster charging than the current rapid-charging stations .
The setting up will begin in 2017 - for the first step, approximately 400 locations in Europe are planned. The plan is for customers to have access to thousands of high-performance charging points on the main traffic axes in Europe by 2020. The charging stations on highways and very busy thoroughfares will be accessible to the public and therefore enable electric driving over long distances. Charging is to be further developed in such a way that it will be as convenient to use in the future as conventional refueling.
Wireless charging of hybrid and electric vehicles
An electric car without a charging plug? The is not utopian, but already approaching reality. In just a few years, Daimler will be equipping the next generation of electric and hybrid vehicles from Mercedes-Benz with the technology for inductive charging.
Together with BMW, Daimler has reached agreement on the development and use of corresponding standardized technology. Inductive charging of the battery makes electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids even more convenient to use and simplifies the charging of the vehicle battery to a considerable extent.
The user no longer needs a charging cable between the car and socket in the wall to supply the energy storage unit of the car with new energy. In future, the vehicle will simply drive over a flat station and non-contact charging is started – for example at home, at work or even on the road during a stopover.
The system consists of two components: a secondary coil in the vehicle floor as well as a floor plate with an integrated primary coil which is placed under the car - for example on the garage floor.
The Mercedes-Benz charging plate lying on the ground is about 70 by 70 centimeters in size and six centimeters high. The electrical energy is transferred by non-contact means, without a charging cable, at a power level of 3.6 kW. With an efficiency level of more than 90 percent, the high-voltage batteries can be charged efficiently, conveniently and safely within in the vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz will be testing this "unplugged" technology in a test fleet with the S 500 e (fuel consumption: 2.8 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions (combined): 65 g/km; power consumption in the combined test cycle: 13.5 kWh/100 km.*) in order to develop a genuine S-Class solution for comfort and simple operation when charging the high-voltage battery.