Mercedes-Benz is building 9 battery factories to power Electric Vehicles globally

Battery production at Mercedes-Benz subsidiary Accumotive. State-of-the-art systems and uses a wide range of Industry 4.0.

The electric vehicle game is certainly heating up with Mercedes-Benz announcing they’re expanding battery production to support Electric Vehicles.

Automakers building electric vehicles need to have a serious plan to source batteries to power their future vehicles. There are essentially two options available, buy them, or make them.

If you’re a company that believes battery chemistry can be a competitive advantage, then you’ll likely go for local battery production.

Mercedes-Benz admits batteries are an important success factor for their electric offensive and the key element to flexibly and efficiently meet the global demand for electrified vehicles.

The company is therefore focusing on establishing a global battery production network and is investing more than one billion Euros or $1.65 Billion in Aussie dollars. This serious investment will create 9 battery factories at 7 locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

Mercedes has actually been building batteries for some time for their hybrid vehicles and annual production will soon exceed half a million battery systems as the scale-out to include EVs.

It seems Mercedes-Benz’s understands electric vehicles are the future and are playing to win. While they already offer plug-in hybrids (EQ Power), they’re ready to migrate to fully electrically powered vehicles (EQ).

By the end of this year, Mercedes-Benz will offer five purely electric models as well as 20 plug-in hybrids. A few years from now, the company will have more than 10 EVs in series production. By 2030, the company wants plug-in hybrids or purely electric vehicles to account for more than 50% of its passenger-car sales. 

Mercedes’ Kamenz plant in Germany has been making batteries since 2012, and the learnings there will help provide a blueprint for the plants in the future.

Battery manufacturing locations include Bangkok and Beijing while the next location to soon start battery production will be Jawor in Poland, followed by plants around Stuttgart as well as Tuscaloosa in the U.S.

This investment from Mercedes is the biggest rival to Tesla’s Gigafactory that we’ve seen outside China. Ultimately this is an investment that many automakers will need to make if they want to be around in the future.

Batterieproduktion bei der Mercedes-Benz Tochter Accumotive in Kamenz: Fertigung von Batteriesystemen für den Mercedes-Benz EQC (Stromverbrauch kombiniert: 20,8 – 19,7 kWh/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 0 g/km). Die Bat teriefabrik setzt auf hochmoderne Anlagen und nutzt vielfältige Industrie 4.0 –Technologien zur Fertigung von Antriebsbatterien für Modelle der Produkt- und Technologiemarke EQ. Battery production at Mercedes-Benz subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz: Production of battery systems for the Mercedes-Benz EQC (combined power consumption: 20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). The battery factory relies on state-of-the-art systems and uses a wide range of Industry 4.0 technologies to manufacture drive batteries for models from the product and technology brand EQ.

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Jason Cartwright
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Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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