Mercedes-Benz is adjusting its network of plants to produce a new range of luxury electric vehicles as it prepares to switch to electric by the end of the decade.
Mercedes aims to halve CO2 emissions per passenger car over its life cycle by the end of this decade compared to 2020.
“We are poised for rapid scaling up of electric vehicle volume,” said Georg Berger, board member for Production and Supply Chain. Adding new setup after interaction between management and worker representatives.
Mercedes said that Sindelfingen, Bremen, Rastatt – all in Germany – and Keskkemet in Hungary will begin production of the new models in the top-end luxury, core luxury and entry luxury segments.
The battery system will be supplied by a production network with factories across three continents, it said.
“Local production of battery systems is a critical success factor for the Mercedes-Benz electric ramp-up and a decisive component in being able to meet global demand for electric vehicles flexibly and efficiently,” it said in a statement.
In February, Mercedes-Benz said it expected factories to exclusively produce electric vehicles (EVs) by the latter half of the decade, but to build EV-only plants instead, keeping production lines flexible to suit market demand. will be away from
Production chief Georg Berger said in an interview with Reuters that the carmaker expects some of its production lines within factories to switch completely to electricity.
“Building a whole new battery-electric vehicle factory takes time. We’ve taken another approach,” Berger said.
“We will certainly have a few lines producing only electric vehicles in the next few years … We also see entire factories switching to electric – that’s a topic for the second half of the decade.”