Mercedes-Benz will make its Stuttgart-Untertürkheim an Electric Drive System Campus

8 March 2021, 01:37:55

Mercedes-Benz will make its Stuttgart-Untertürkheim an Electric Drive System CampusMercedes-Benz is transforming its Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems unit and its Stuttgart-Untertürkheim site for an "Electric First" future in the context of Ambition 2039. After intensive negotiations, the management and works council of the Mercedes-Benz Untertürkheim plant in Germany reached an agreement to invest a three-digit million euro amount to transform Untertürkheim, the largest site in the company's global powertrain production network which will in future be known as the "Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems Campus". The site will focus on research, development and production ramp-ups of drive systems.

The next generation of electric motors are being developed in house and will feature inverter and high voltage technology. The manufacturing and assembly of electric drive systems parts for future vehicle models of the Mercedes-EQ brand will start at the end of 2024 and round off the product portfolio with the battery factories in Hedelfingen and Brühl. The previously planned production volumes of electric drive systems will double.

A new factory for the small-series production of future battery cells, and a dedicated battery safety lab, will complement Mercedes-Benz's existing research and development activities in the field of battery technology, starting operations in 2023. The company strives for a holistic approach which ranges from basic research and development to manufacturing of battery systems. In future, the company will cover almost the entire field of battery technology at its Untertürkheim location - right down to battery systems which are manufactured at the site.

Starting this year, battery systems for the Mercedes-EQ model EQS - the all-electric member of the S-Class family - will roll off the assembly line at the Hedelfingen part of the plant. The EQS will be manufactured at Factory 56 in Sindelfingen some 20 km away starting in the first half of 2021. The battery system for the EQE will also be produced in Hedelfingen.

In terms of series production, the site will focus increasingly on electric drive components - battery and electric drive systems, while conventional engine, transmission and component production will gradually be phased out, which will effect employment profiles and scopes.

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