From 2024 Mercedes will build its own electric drives for electric cars

From 2024 Mercedes will build its own electric drives for electric cars-drives

From 2024, Mercedes also wants to build the drives for its electric cars itself. This was announced by Daimler head of development Markus Schafer in an interview with the trade journal Automobilwoche. With the in-house production of the electric drives for the vehicle architectures MMA and MB.EA, the premium manufacturer wants to significantly increase the vertical integration of electric cars.

“We are significantly increasing the depth of added value and are also switching from external procurement to in-house production,” says Schafer. At the moment, the electric drive trains are still coming from external partners, according to the Daimler head of development. ZF, for example, supplies the drive for the EQC, the EQS mobilizes its power with a motor from Valeo Siemens eAutomotive. “We want to master the entire system of electric motor, battery and power electronics as well as possible, similar to the case with the combustion engine,” says Schafer, explaining the change in production.

Just a few days ago, Mercedes gave a small foretaste of the new drive with the EQXX concept car. With the same capacity, the battery in the study only takes up half the installation space and is a good third lighter than current batteries. The efficiency of 95 percent is also unmatched to date. With the EQXX, this leads to particularly low energy consumption of just ten kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers. A current comparable vehicle requires between 15 and 20 kilowatt hours. Customers should therefore be able to look forward to significantly higher ranges. The EQXX, for example, is said to travel more than 1000 kilometers on one charge.

Plants that were previously dependent on the production of combustion engines, such as Berlin and Unterturkheim, are to benefit from the in-house production of the drives, with which the manufacturer is responding to a demand from the works council. In addition, Mercedes wants to accelerate the switch to electromobility and adjust sales targets upwards, as Schafer explains to Automobilwoche: “We will certainly have to discuss expanding capacity for the electric drive train globally, because we are significantly accelerating with electromobility and will already have half of our vehicles in by 2025 electric or as a plug-in hybrid.”

Battery cells developed in-house are also to be installed in the latest generation of electric cars. Mercedes has already announced the construction of four battery factories, together with partners such as the multi-brand group Stellantis. The manufacturer also wants to announce the construction of another factory in the near future, according to Schafer. However, the Daimler head of development did not provide any specific information on this. According to Automobilwoche, the new partner is the Chinese battery company Farasis, which wants to set up a production plant in Bitterfeld, but has so far hesitated.

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5 thoughts on “From 2024 Mercedes will build its own electric drives for electric cars”

  1. Good decision. And another step towards clean breathing air and less noise for us humans.

    Only if Daimler has exclusive unique selling propositions will the considerable additional price be paid.

    Splendor and glamor from Otto’s past alone does not secure the market position. But what should not be forgotten is the solar and memory integration for the house. More and more Bev prospects have PV on the roof and need a store.

  2. From the article:

    “The in-house production of the drives should benefit works, which were previously dependent on the production of combustion drives, […] what the manufacturer responds to a requirement of the works council.”

    The most important sentence and probably the actual motive for the decision &# 128539;
    For purely business administration, MB could have come to another decision.

  3. The higher the degree of vertical integration of a company, the more independent one of suppliers – especially of their value creation.
    This bitter realization just meets many car manufacturers on the subject of batteries.
    How low you set the vertical hurdle is up to you – Tesla, for example, has already reached raw materials such as lithium or nickel.
    Redwood Materials (JB Straubel = former battery boss at Tesla) wants to supply the GIGA Nevada (Tesla) with copper foil from the end of 2022 – this not only closes the recycling circle 😉

    Let’s see who goes along this path and what the consequences of not doing this will be.

    Time will tell 🙂

  4. Mercedes is finally showing that they are really serious about e-mobility. After all, it has always been a car manufacturer’s core competence to build its drive systems in-house. Where would we end up if all e-car factories switched to a few standard motors from e.g.B. Bosch, Siemens or ZF would fall back on. That would possibly be cheaper and easier to maintain, would but lead to undesirable dependency on one or a few suppliers and at the same time inhibit innovation.


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