It is cast the first stone of Daimler’s new battery factory which is set to start construction in 2018. The decisive step for an electric offensive which is set to launch 10 new models by 2022.
The Daimler AG president, Dieter Zetsche, laid the foundation stone in conjunction with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the Saxon State president, Stanislaw Tillich, of what is set to be the largest and most modern battery factory of the planet.
Located in Kamenz, about 31 miles (50 km) from Dresden, the new factory will be dedicated to the production of lithium-ion batteries, in the neighbourhood of the other factory of the same sort already owned by the group Germanic.
The building management, which required an investment of 500 million euros (465 million pounds), will be in charge of Accumotive, a subsidiary fully owned by Daimler, and its production is expected to start in mid-2018, for which it will employ about a thousand of people.
Local production of batteries is considered by Daimler as crucial to its electric offensive, which in 2022 will include more than 10 fully electric passenger models in a wide range of segments – including large SUVs. The first has a launch already marked towards the end of the decade.
To this must be added the arrival of the hybrid versions of several of the current models of the Mercedes range, as well as their new electric commercials. In this regard, Fuso eCanter will be launched in a limited series by the end of this year; In early 2018 will be launched the electric variants of Vito and Sprinter; And also next year will be launched an electric city bus from Mercedes, whose prototypes are already on road tests. All in order that, in 2025, 15 to 25% of the total of the cars produced by Daimler is already of electric propulsion.
The new battery factory has been designed to have zero CO2 impact, using power from an electric and thermoelectric central, a photovoltaic power station and even batteries. In addition to batteries for the power supply of propulsion engines, this plant will also produce batteries to serve the new 48 Volt Mercedes electric systems, soon to début in the revised Class S, and that will be gradually introduced in other models of the star brand.