To help its objective of electrifying all the Mercedes portfolio by 2022, Daimler plans to take a position greater than €20 billion ($23 billion) in battery cells by 2030. The corporate may also make investments €10 billion in increasing the Mercedes-Benz electrical fleet and €1 billion in its international battery manufacturing community.
Daimler at the moment has battery provide offers with SK Innovation, LG Chem and China’s Modern Amperex Expertise. The corporate’s future manufacturing community will include eight factories. Manufacturing has begun on the first of two factories in Kamenz, Germany, and manufacturing on the second is slated to start in early 2019. Daimler plans to construct two extra factories within the Stuttgart area, and one every in Beijing, Bangkok and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Daimler has currently revved up improvement on its electrical truck line – the corporate’s first all-electric truck, the light-duty Fuso eCanter, was launched in 2017, the primary Mercedes-Benz eCitaro was delivered to Hamburg’s public transport operator earlier this 12 months, and the heavy-duty eActros is at the moment in buyer trials.
“After investing billions of euros within the improvement of the electrical fleet and the enlargement of our international battery community, we at the moment are taking the subsequent step,” stated Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche. “With the acquisition of battery cells for greater than 20 billion euros, we’re pushing ahead with the transformation into the electrical way forward for our firm. We plan a complete of 130 electrified variants at Mercedes-Benz Vehicles by 2022. As well as, we can have electrical vans, buses and vans.”