Production: Flexible and efficient whatever the powertrain technology

Oct 10, 2018

Integrating the electric vehicles into existing production has enormous advantages: the plants are able to adapt production flexibly and efficiently, creating vehicles with different drive types in response to market demand – from internal-combustion engines to hybrid drive and electric motors. This enables customer demand to be optimally met. And the plants make best possible use of their capacity. Tried-and-trusted production processes and high production standards also ensure top Mercedes-Benz quality in new models, whatever the powertrain concept.

  • The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt will be the competence centre for production of the compact EQ models.
  • The Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen will be the competence centre for production of battery-electric models in the executive class.
  • Our partner EDAG supports the Bremen plant with respect to integration of the GLC F-CELL drive system and has its location in the immediate vicinity of the plant.
  • The Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen will be the centre of competence for battery-electric models in the luxury class.
  • A further, compact electric vehicle under the EQ brand will be produced in addition to the tried-and-trusted smart models at the Hambach location in France in the future.
  • In the future, SUVs under the product and technology brand EQ will be produced by the US plant in Tuscaloosa (MBUSI, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International).
  • A compact electric vehicle will also be produced in Beijing (BBAC, Beijing Benz Automotive Co.) alongside the EQC.

the global battery production network

Local battery production is a major success factor in the electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and the key component when it comes to servicing worldwide demand for electric vehicles flexibly and efficiently. The production network for the mobility of the future is well positioned. The primary European location for high-voltage batteries is Kamenz, Saxony, at Deutsche Accumotive, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. Accumotive has already been producing hybrid and plug-in hybrid batteries for cars and commercial vehicles, plus drive batteries for the current smart EQ fortwo and forfour, since 2012. The batteries for the EQC and the other planned EQ models will likewise be produced at the in-house production locations in future. The company is currently investing around 500 million euros in the construction of a second battery factory at the Kamenz location.

In view of the planned electric vehicle initiative under the EQ product and technology brand, Daimler AG is forging ahead with a global battery manufacturing network with locations in Europe, Asia and North America. All in all, the company will be investing over one billion euros in global battery production with two factories each in Kamenz, Saxony and Stuttgart-Untertürkheim (Germany), and one each in Beijing (China), Tuscaloosa (USA) and Bangkok (Thailand).

In the future the worldwide battery production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars will therefore consist of eight plants on three continents, all responding flexibly and efficiently to market demand. The various locations supply the local vehicle production facilities and are able to export if required.

CO2-neutral vehicle production soon

Besides locally emission-free mobility, a reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels is one of the most important motives behind the electric initiative. Production is facing up to this challenge consistently, too. All German plants will establish a CO2-neutral energy supply by 2022.

In Germany, Mercedes-Benz Cars has eight vehicle and powertrain plants (Bremen, Rastatt, Sindelfingen, Berlin, Hamburg, Kamenz, Kölleda, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim) which purchase additional electrical power or operate their own power stations. In the future, all outsourced power will come from demonstrably renewable sources such as wind and hydroelectric power. This corresponds to around three quarters of the total power requirement in the German plants. The remainder of the power requirement is generated at highly efficient in-house gas co-generation power plants. The CO2 emissions generated are compensated by suitable projects.