The battery for the new smart electric drive comes from the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. Because as well as in-house development and production expertise and the module strategy for alternative drives it is part of Daimler's philosophy to secure direct access to key components for electric mobility. With Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE Daimler has sound expertise in the development and production of highly complex drive batteries.
On a growth path: Daimler is currently investing €500 million in the construction of a second battery factory in Germany and is therefore greatly expanding the production capacities for lithium-ion batteries from Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co. KG. Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, founded in 2009, is a 100% subsidiary of Daimler AG with sites in Kirchheim/Nabern (research and development) and Kamenz (production).
The company develops and sells highly complex drive batteries based on lithium-ion technology for hybrid and electric vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands. Since the start of series production in 2012 more than 75,000 lithium-ion batteries have been delivered. The Daimler subsidiary employs more than 420 staff – including 330 in Kamenz. From 2017 all battery systems for Mercedes-Benz and smart will come from Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE.
In 2015 Daimler entered the new field of business with stationary battery storage, opening up additional growth opportunities outside the automotive industry (see corresponding section).