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Daimler decides to go ‘electric offensive’, lays foundation of second Lithium-ion battery plant

Mercedes-Benz Cars has decided to go electric offensive and is presenting a new generation of electric vehicles. More than ten new electric passenger cars are scheduled to be launched by 2022: in all segments from smart to large SUVs. Ten billion euros will be invested in the expansion of the electric fleet in the next few years.

Daimler has decided to move aggressively in the field of Electric vehicles. It recently laid the foundation of one of the biggest and most modern battery factories at the wholly-owned subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE in Kamenz. It is the second factory for lithium-ion batteries and is built with an investment of around 500 million euros.

Guests of honour at the ceremony were Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Stanislaw Tillich (Minister President of Saxony), who, together with other dignitaries from Daimler laid the casing of a vehicle battery as the foundation stone.

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Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, welcomes Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Minister President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, at Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE in Kamenz

By 2022, the company aims to have more than ten purely electric passenger cars in series. The company is also committed to driving forward the hybridization of its fleet. Under the EQ brand, it is creating a holistic ecosystem for e-mobility.

Daimler has invested an overall amount of around one billion euros in a global production compound for batteries. With the second battery plant in Kamenz, it is giving the initial start for the development of the first premium eBattery factory, the local production of batteries will be an important success factor in its electric offensive and a crucial element in order to flexibly and efficiently serve the global demand for electric vehicles.

The German Chancellor’s visit at ACCUMOTIVE underlined the importance of electric mobility in Germany. With the Concept EQ, Mercedes-Benz Cars has decided to go electric offensive and is presenting a new generation of electric vehicles. More than ten new electric passenger cars are scheduled to be launched by 2022: in all segments from smart to large SUVs. Ten billion euros will be invested in the expansion of the electric fleet in the next few years.

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 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. 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’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.

CASE Strategy is being implemented in full flow. CASE- these letters will shape the future of Mercedes-Benz Cars. They stand for the strategic pillars of connectivity (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric), which will be intelligently combined by the company. All activities in the area of connectivity are focused on the digital brand Mercedes me, which gives customers access to an extensive and personalized range of services by app, website or straight from their car.

On the way to autonomous driving, Mercedes Benz has for years been a key driver of development and has repeatedly set the benchmark. To this end, the Mercedes engineers use so-called sensor fusion. The data from different sensors, such as cameras, ultrasound and radar, are intelligently combined and analyzed.

With car2go the inventor of the automobile is also a pioneer when it comes to sharing. With around two million users, the company is today the world’s biggest provider of free-floating car-sharing. To enable all four pillars to develop its full effectiveness, the relevant activities are being brought together in an independent entity.

ACCUMOTIVE 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. It is to help in enabling the fourth pillar of CASE strategy i.e. Electric drive systems.

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