Mercedes-Benz laid out over 1 billion-euro ($1.06 billion) plan on Wednesday to adapt its global production network for electric powertrain systems – including battery assembly, electric drive units, and axles – from 2024.
Mercedes Plants already assemble batteries for electric and hybrid models in Kamenz, Untertuerkheim in Germany as well as Beijing.They will also assemble batteries for models on the upcoming MMA and MB.EA platforms, with another battery assembly site in Koelleda pending support from regional government.
Untertuerkheim, Beijing and Sebes in Romania will build electric drive units for cars on the new platforms, with Hamburg and Untertuerkheim to remain the lead plants for assembling electric axles and components.
Production chief Joerg Burzer is said on a press call “There is no site that is not included,”.
Burzer also said:-The carmaker has set up its car plants to produce both combustion engine and electric cars on single production lines, but assembling batteries and motors on the same line is more complex.
Management and employee representatives reached an agreement in June on shifting European car plants towards EVs, making Sindelfingen the home for high-end vehicles on the AMG.EA platform, Bremen and Kecskemet in Hungary for core luxury models , Rastatt and Kecskemet for entry-level vehicles.
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