Daimler AG is looking forward towards a green future, as the Mercedes-Benz parent company has broken ground on a new lithium-ion battery plant in Germany, expected to start work late 2018.
The manufacturer decided to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony with style, making use of a vehicle battery casing as the foundation stone for the site 31 miles from Dresden or approximately 80 miles south of Berlin, set to span across almost 50 acres when complete in 2018. The plant is also close to the existing battery factory, and when it becomes active it will allow for quadruple productivity. “The automotive industry is facing a fundamental transformation and we see ourselves as the driving force behind this change,” comments Dieter Zetsche. “The battery factory in Kamenz is an important component in the implementation of our electric offensive.”
With emissions rules and serious advancements in electric vehicles and battery technology, the traditional automakers are still playing catch-up to Tesla in the electric market. The latter’s own Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada is expected to get to full capacity in 2018, become the world’s largest and provide the needed cells for the Model 3 – which has been pre-ordered like hot cake. Daimler’s own facility will play into its strategy of bringing a family of electric models to market in numerous segments by 2022. “We will have more than ten purely electric passenger cars in series,” previously explained Zetsche.