Mercedes-Benz just unveiled a plan to electrify its vehicles portfolio by 2022, having set the foundations for an electrification strategy in 2017. The company worked on numerous e-mobility projects, last year. They started building electric hubs for producing electric vehicles and batteries at various locations worldwide. Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain stated that their “electric vehicles will be built in 6 plants on 3 continents”.
Our global production network is ready for e-mobility. We are electrifying the future.
Electrification of present and new models
Currently, Daimler is addressing every market segment, starting from smart fortwo seaters, to large SUVs. They plan to invest € 10 billion in the electrification of the entire Mercedes-Benz portfolio by 2022. The company intends to offer more than 50 electric versions, by supporting the development of plug-in hybrids and introducing a 48-volt-system. Among these models, more than 10 models are expected to be fully electric cars, in all segments.
Mercedes already started electrifying its existing models, with the production of the fortwo Coupé and Cabriolet at its smart plant in Hambach in 2017. However, the production of the first electric vehicles of the new product and technology brand EQ, has yet to begin at a plant in Bremen. The production of the first all-electric SUV, called EQC, is scheduled for 2019. The EQC will later roll off the production line at BBAC in Beijing, Daimler’s joint venture with BAIC.
The additional EQ models will be built at Mercedes-Benz plants in Rastatt, Sindelfingen and Tuscaloosa in the US. These plants will also host the production of the extended model range of electric versions of the compact, upper and luxury class, as well as SUV vehicles.
Global battery production network optimisation
Mercedes plans to invest heavily in the optimisation of the global battery production network within the worldwide production network. The company will devote €1 billion to expand its global battery network, consisting of 5 battery factories on 3 continents, at present. In 2018, Daimler will complete the second battery factory in Kamenz.
According to Schäfer “the electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars is right on track.” The company’s global production network is ready for e-mobility and electrifying the future.