Committed to the transition to Electric Mobility, Mercedes-Benz is already working towards completing a transformation of its factories, so that they start to produce only electric vehicles (EV). Already in the second half of this decade!
Today, manufacturing the new EVs that it launches on the market, side-by-side with versions equipped with combustion engines, Mercedes-Benz gives signs of wanting accelerate your transition to 100% Electric Mobility. namely, transforming already installed production units into factories exclusively for electric vehicles.
The revelation is made in an interview with Reuters news agencyfur Mercedes-Benz head of production Joerg Burzerwhich recalls that “building a new factory for battery electric vehicles from scratch is something that takes time”. This is why “we will certainly see the creation, in the coming years, of some exclusive assembly lines for electric vehicles… we will see complete factories being transformed to exclusively produce electric vehicles”. Needing, even, what it will be “something that should take place during the second half of this decade”.
Remember that, in 2021 alone, Mercedes-Benz sold a total of 2,054,962 vehicles worldwide, of which 2.3% were 100% electric cars and 11% were plug-in hybrids. Percentages that, experts believe, should grow over the next few years, with the star brand even aiming to reach 2025, with EV and PHEV already representing 50 percent of its sales.
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Also in statements to Reuters, the same Joerg Burzer recalls that, currently, Mercedes-Benz produces all the batteries used in its electric vehicles, in Sindelfingen. From where it then sends them to the remaining factories, both in Germany and Hungary, to be fitted to the vehicles.
However, in the future, the objective is to place the assembly and production of batteries, close to the factories where the vehicles are assembled.
Meanwhile, the German brand is already preparing the first deliveries of what will be its next 100% electric model, the Mercedes-Benz EQE. Which will start to be produced, later this year, in the plant in Bremen, Germany, followed, later on, by its expansion to the factories in Beijing, China, and Tuscaloosa, in the USA.
Once the EQE is in production at the three latitudes, this will allow, as the head of production at Mercedes-Benz recalls, “to enter a segment that will already allow us to deliver much larger volumes”, contributing to a greater escalation of the production costs of electric vehicles. .