An emission-free fleet of vehicles: With this vision, we are committed to climate protection and air pollution control. That is a core element of our sustainable business strategy. Our ambition is to make our fleet of new cars CO₂-neutral by 2039 and to have no relevant impact on inner-city air quality. We take a holistic approach to climate protection: Our goals cover all stages of the automotive value chain – from technical development to the extraction of raw materials, to production, service life and recycling.
In the coming two decades, we at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans will fundamentally change our product portfolio. Our path toward zero emissions includes electric vehicles, further efficiency improvements through hybridization, and the further development of our vehicles with state-of-the-art internal combustion engines.
Mercedes-Benz Cars is planning electrification in all segments, from the smart to our SUVs. To this end, we are investing about ten billion euros in the expansion of our electric fleet, more than one billion euros in the development of battery production, and we are systematically driving forward the transformation to the electric future of our company by purchasing battery cells for more than 20 billion euros.
In the car segment, we will focus in the coming years especially on plug-in-hybrid technology and purely battery-powered models. Currently, six all-electric models are part of the Mercedes-Benz Cars portfolio. With the EQB, EQS and EQE, three more fully electric models from Mercedes-EQ will be presented this year. In addition, nearly 30 model variants of the plug-in hybrids will be part of the Mercedes-Benz Cars product portfolio by the end of 2021.
Our milestones until 2039
2022: Several electrified variants in all segments of Mercedes-Benz Cars and a CO₂-neutral production at our own Mercedes-Benz car and van plants worldwide.
2025: Up to 25 percent of unit sales to be accounted for by all-electric vehicles (depending on the framework conditions).
2030: Achieving more than 50 percent of car unit sales with plug-in hybrids or all-electric vehicles.
2039: A CO₂-neutral fleet of new cars and a CO₂-neutral supply chain.
CO₂-neutral production as of 2022
As early as 2022, our own Mercedes-Benz car and van plants worldwide will be producing CO₂-neutral vehicles. This applies to more than 30 car and van plants. An important part is the battery production, which will also be CO₂-neutral worldwide as of 2022. The second battery plant in Kamenz, which was opened in 2018 and is the center of competence of the Mercedes-Benz global battery production network, was designed from the outset to be a CO₂-neutral plant and already meets this requirement today. The Kamenz site is responsible for the production of battery systems for Mercedes-Benz Cars hybrid, plug-in-hybrid and battery-electric vehicles.
At the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelﬁngen, we have put into operation one of the most modern automobile production facilities in the world: Factory56. Factory 56 represents the future of production at Mercedes-Benz and sets new standards for automotive manufacturing. Fully in line with Ambition 2039, the Factory 56 will become a zero carbon factory - completely CO₂-neutral and with significantly reduced energy consumption. This is made possible, among other things, by its innovative energy concept with a photovoltaic system, a DC power grid and energy storage systems based on reused vehicle batteries.
Unique green power concept
Mercedes-Benz is expanding its green power portfolio in cooperation with the energy supplier Enovos and the Norwegian energy producer Statkraft. This means that from 2022 onwards, the company will purchase electricity in Germany which comes exclusively from renewable sources. A green power supply contract ensures the purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources at all times. More information
Together for climate protection
When implementing our long-term goal of climate neutrality, we are not only consistently electrifying our product range, but also the supply chain. Already for the next generation of vehicles from our EQ product and technology brand, battery cells will be produced with electricity that is 100 percent from renewable energy sources, starting with the EQS.
Our suppliers are also part of our holistic approach to climate protection. We want to implement effective climate protection measures together with our partners in the supply chain. The starting point is the creation of transparency. To this end, we are working with organizations such as CDP in the car sector to assess the environmental impact of our supply chain. We are in close contact with our most CO₂-intensive suppliers to identify effective measures for reductions. The first models of the next EQ generation, starting with the EQS, will already be equipped with CO₂-neutral battery cells.
- » Farasis: In September 2019, we entered into a sustainability partnership with battery-cell supplier Farasis Energy (Ganzhou) Co., Ltd. – a Chinese developer and supplier of lithium-ion battery technologies. In addition to the observance of human rights in the supply chain and the issue of recycling, the partnership also covers battery-cell procurement from CO₂-neutral production.
- » CATL: Within the framework of the strategic partnership, CATL is also fully committed to the sustainability goals of Mercedes-Benz AG. This includes the sustainable production of battery products with renewable energies, minimizing the CO₂ footprint in terms of logistics within the entire supply chain, and consideration of all aspects of social responsibility.
- » Certified mining of cobalt and lithium: Mercedes-Benz AG is relying on sustainable supply chains for its electric vehicle fleet. Sourcing of cobalt and lithium exclusively from certified mines makes Mercedes-Benz AG a pioneer for the first cross-industry mining standard “Standard for Responsible Mining” of the “Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance”. In the coming generations of battery cells, Mercedes-Benz is already reducing the cobalt content to less than ten percent and intends to dispense with materials such as cobalt entirely through post-lithium-ion technologies with new material compositions.
More information on handling risk raw materials.
- » Key criterion for supplier selection: With Ambition 2039 Mercedes-Benz wants to offer a CO₂ neutral new car fleet in less than 20 years. The transformation to electric mobility in particular increases the energy demand in the supply chain.
Together with our partners, we are implementing the Mercedes-Benz Ambition 2039. More than 75 percent of our approximately 2000 suppliers have signed an 'Ambition Letter' and are committed to supplying us with only CO₂ neutral parts in the future. These companies account for more than half of the annual purchasing volume of Mercedes-Benz AG. This is an important proof point on the way to achieving our climate goals: our supplier network has also recognised the signs of the times, and is following the transformation. We place an additional focus on particularly CO₂-intensive components and materials such as battery cells.
More information about the Supplier Ambition Rating for sustainable supply chains.
More news and insights
- » Green Charging: Around 50 percent of the CO₂ footprint of a battery-electric vehicle are produced during the use phase with the current EU energy mix, owing to charging processes that emit CO₂. In order to make green charging possible for the customers of all purely battery-electric Mercedes-EQ models and all plug-in hybrid model variants via the green charging points integrated into the Mercedes me Charge service, Mercedes-Benz will start the market launch of Green Charging in Europe this year.
The central aim of the Mercedes-EQ brand is to offer customers more than just an unrivalled electric driving experience. With the EQS, the customer is immersed in a completely new Mercedes world that thrills not only the mind but also the heart with its technical possibilities and sustainable innovations. This exciting, unrivalled Mercedes-EQ experience goes well beyond the product itself. With Green Charging, we actively contribute to cutting CO₂ emissions and are thereby leading the way to the CO₂-neutral mobility of the future with our Ambition 2039.
- » Mercedes me Eco Coach: To give customers special support when switching over to the age of electric mobility, Mercedes-Benz has developed an intelligent, digital personal trainer: the Mercedes me Eco Coach. Customers who follow the recommendations and hints in the app not only get to know their car with alternative drive better - they also improve their driving style and can better protect the environment.