The German group plans to solidify its presence on the electromobility market, with internal supply of batteries for the needs of all subsidiaries and brands – as well as five battery production locations by 2019.
The battery factories will rival Tesla’s Gigafactory, with three of them located at home in Germany, one in America and another one in China. With several plants the German automaker will be able to adapt fast to local and regional market demands, even exporting them if needed. The total battery production investment is already estimated at more than one million euro. The only issue for Daimler would be that it handles battery pack production only, while the lithium-ion cells on their own come from a variety of third-party suppliers.
The first facility is already in full swing with production in Kamenz, Germany, with a second one being under construction right now at the same location. “Deutsche Accumotive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler, is the nucleus for the development and production of highly complex batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands as well as for commercial vehicles. Daimler is currently investing some 500 million euros in the construction of a second battery factory in Kamenz, slated to go into operation already in 2018”, explains the company. The third German plant will be located in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, the fourth will be part of the one billion dollar investment in its manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The fifth, made in collaboration with China’s BAIC, will be located in Beijing, China.