Very soon there will only be an opportunity to buy a new smart, namely to acquire an electric smart. Mercedes-Benz still does not suggest such an ambitious strategy, but it also includes some sort of electrification in all its product lines. By 2022, it is expected that Mercedes-Benz has 130 versions of its cars with some type of electrification and therefore electric motors and batteries. Therefore, it is important for a brand like this and for a group that is as important as Daimler Ensure its strategy for producing millions of electric cars in the coming years.
Daimler has just announced that it has acquired battery cells worth 20,000 million euros. These cells will be used, as we said, in various electrification solutions ranging from hybrids and micronides to plug-in and electrical hybrids.
Batteries for the production of millions of electric and plug-in cars
It is difficult to estimate the number of cars that could be manufactured with this battery supply, especially if we do not know the cost of the cells per. KWh, and the cars that will equip these batteries have so different technologies. But it seems to estimate a price between $ 100 / kWh – Tesla expects the Model 3 batteries to be even cheaper in the short term – and $ 200 / kWh, It could be said that Mercedes-Benz would have guaranteed the delivery of batteries to hundreds of thousands of electric cars like the Mercedes EQC and millions of small electric cars, such as smart cars, and plug-in hybrids.
Mercedes-Benz guarantees the delivery of batteries to millions of plug-in cars by 2030
According to Mercedes-Benz, this acquisition must cover the delivery of batteries to cars with different electrification technologies until 2030.
Only in the production and assembly of batteries will Mercedes-Benz invest more than 1,000 million euros. The cells they would have acquired will be gathered in eight different factories on three continents, starting with Kamenz in Germany, where batteries are already being manufactured and another that begins to produce in early 2019. Mercedes-Benz will also collect batteries in Stuttgart, Sindelfingen and Beijing (China), Bangkok (Thailand) and Tuscaloosa (USA). The fire emphasizes the importance of collecting batteries locally and in factories across Europe, Asia and the United States to maximize flexibility and efficiency in production, an important factor in products such as electric cars, which requires a very large investment and the margins for depreciation of Such investments are small.
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