By 2022, just four years away, the entire Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicle range will be ‘electrified’, with at least one variant in every model series using electric power for propulsion (either as a hybrid or full electric powertrain). By then, the company aims to have more than 50 electrified vehicle variants to offer customers. More than 10 models of the over 50 electrified vehicles will be fully electric cars – in all segments, from smart to large SUVs.
To prepare for this new era, Mercedes-Benz Cars has set important strategic course for electromobility, with the establishment of electric hubs for the production of electric vehicles and batteries around the globe. Over the next few years, the carmaker will be investing one billion euros in a global battery production network within the worldwide production network. In this way, a global battery network is created, which currently comprises 5 battery factories on 3 continents.
Additionally,10 billion euros will be invested in the expansion of its electrical fleet. While the start of production of the fortwo Coupe and Cabriolet at the smart plant in Hambach in 2017 already represent the start of the fourth generation of electric vehicles of the brand, the first electric vehicle of the new product and technology brand ‘EQ’ will leave the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Germany in 2019. This will be the EQC, an all-electric SUV, and it will also be produced at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC), Daimler’s joint venture with BAIC in China.
By 2025, the Chinese market is expected to have a substantial share in sales of Mercedes-Benz battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Therefore, local production will be key to the success of our EV portfolio, and crucial to flexibly serving local demand for electric vehicles.
“By confirming our joint commitment to the development of electric drive in China, and undertaking preparations to produce battery electric vehicles at BBAC, we are giving full play to the respective strengths of both sides. Together, we are laying the groundwork for our joint venture facility to become a future BEV production hub in China,” said Xu Heyi, Chairman of the BAIC Group.
Further locations for EQ models are the Mercedes-Benz plants in Germany and the USA, where the model range will be extended to include electric vehicles of the compact, upper and luxury class as well as the SUV segment.
“Our electric vehicles will be built in 6 plants on 3 continents. We address every market segment: from the smart fortwo seater, to the large SUV. The battery is the key component of e-mobility. As batteries are the heart of our electric vehicles, we put a great emphasis on building them in our own factories. With our global battery network, we are in an excellent position,” said Markus Schafer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.
“As we are close to our vehicle plants, we can ensure the optimal supply of production. In case of a short-term high demand in another part of the world our battery factories are also well prepared for export. The electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars is right on track. Our global production network is ready for e-mobility. We are electrifying the future,” he declared.