Mercedes-Benz continues to work to move away from combustion engines and cement its all-electric future. The German carmaker Daimler Group announced that will join Stellantis and Total Energies to make car batteries.
In this sense, by acquiring the 33% of the shares will become an “equal shareholder” of Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a joint company between the French energy company and the automotive group that was formed after the merger between Fiat Chrysler and the PSA Group.
As a result of the integration with ACC, Mercedes-Benz and its partners will achieve a capacity of 120 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year in Europe. This will be possible thanks to a combined capital investment of more than 7,000 million euros “(about 8,200 million dollars) that will drive this ambitious transformation plan.
“We can help ensure that Europe remains at the heart of the automotive industry, even in the electric age. With Mercedes-Benz as a new partner, ACC aims to double capacity at its European plants to support industrial competitiveness through design and the manufacture of batteries “.
Mercedes-Benz promotes its electrification project
The essence of the new project responds to the electrification plans of Mercedes-Benz, which will be “completely electric by the end of the decade”. By then, the German manufacturer should have reached a total battery production capacity of more than 200 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year.
Precisely, when Mercedes-Benz announced its strategy in July this year, it said that it would make new alliances for the development and production of batteries in different parts of the world. This movement contemplated the creation of eight new gigafactories, four of them located in Europe.
Mercedes-Benz’s electrification strategy is leading to a complex reorganization of the historic company. With its sights set on the next few years, the firm is also working on three new platforms for its electric cars:
MB.EA– Will cover all medium to large size cars, establishing a scalable modular system as the electrical backbone for the future electrics portfolio.AMG.EAIt will be a platform of high-performance electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz dedicated to AMG customers, focused on technology and performance.VAN.EA– will target electric vans and light commercial vehicles, which will contribute to emission-free transportation and cities in the future.