By laying the foundation for one of the biggest and most modern battery factories, Daimler AG is setting new standards in the international automotive industry, thereby taking the next strategic step in its electric offensive.
At the wholly-owned subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE in Kamenz, the second factory for lithium-ion batteries is built with an investment of around 500 million euros. Daimler invests an overall amount of around one billion euros in a global production compound for batteries.
This is a significant investment in the future of electrically powered vehicles. A high-performance battery is of decisive importance for the further development of e-mobility.
The new production facility, which is situated approximately 50 kilometres from Dresden, is scheduled to go into operation in mid-2018. Covering an area of around 20 hectares, the site is in the direct vicinity of the existing battery factory. The new plant will quadruple the production and logistics area in Kamenz to a total of around 80,000 square meters. In the next few years ACCUMOTIVE will gradually increase the number of employees at the site. By the end of the decade, ACCUMOTIVE will have a total of over 1,000 employees and thus more than double the number compared to today’s level.
Electric offensive at Mercedes-Benz Cars
Ten billion euros will be invested in the expansion of the electric fleet of Mercedes-Benz Cars in the next few years. The Concept EQ is a first. step The new electric vehicles will be produced within the global, highly flexible and efficient production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars with plants on four continents. The first EQ series model will roll off the line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen at the end of the decade. In addition to that, luxury-class EQ models will be produced at the plant in Sindelfingen. The company assumes that the proportion of electric vehicles in the total unit sales of Mercedes-Benz will be between 15 and 25 percent by 2025.
The automotive industry is facing a fundamental transformation and we see ourselves as the driving force behind this change. The battery factory in Kamenz is an important component in the implementation of our electric offensive. By 2022, we will have more than ten purely electric passenger cars in series. We also continue to drive forward the hybridization of our fleet. Under the EQ brand, we are creating a holistic ecosystem for e-mobility.
In addition to traction batteries, ACCUMOTIVE will produce batteries for Mercedes-Benz energy storage units and 48-volt-systems. The pioneering 48-volt on-board power supply is celebrating its premiere in the new generation of the S-Class and will be gradually introduced in various model series.
Daimler is focusing on Saxony for this important investment in Germany and Europe – I’d like to say thank you and welcome! Today’s foundation in the Lausitz is a signal of the future that is particularly strong. The project stands for innovation and jobs as well as for the development of this region as a center of electric mobility.
Kamenz will also supply batteries for commercial vehicles
Daimler’s commercial vehicle divisions are also consistently driving forward the electrification of their portfolio. After the Vito E-CELL from the year 2011, Mercedes-Benz Vans will go into series with electric transporters beginning next year. Both Vito and Sprinter will be equipped with drive batteries from Kamenz. Daimler Trucks will launch a small series of the Fuso eCanter later this year. This is the third generation of the world’s first purely electrically-driven light truck. Fuso also uses the batteries from Kamenz for the eCanter. Depending on the design, load and application profile, the 7.5-tonne truck has a range of more than 100 km without stationary loading.
The Fuso eCanter will be delivered in small series from 2017 onwards. The first 150 units go to customers in Japan, Europe and the US. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also starting the customer testing of the Urban eTruck, the world’s first full-electric heavy-duty truck. Daimler Buses is launching a full-electric Mercedes-Benz city bus in series production next year. Prototypes are already on the road.
Markus Schäfer (Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain), Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, Stanislaw Tillich (Minister President of Saxony), Frank Deiß (Head of Powertrain Production) und Frank Blome (Managing Director Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co. KG).
The company Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 2009, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. The company develops and produces highly complex drive batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles based on lithium-ion technology for passenger cars of the brands Mercedes-Benz and smart. The company is also responsible for producing energy storage units of Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH. The company headquarters of ACCUMOTIVE are located in Nabern in the Stuttgart area, housing research and development. The production takes place in the Saxon city of Kamenz.