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Mercedes-Benz Kamenz Increases Battery Production Capacities

Auto News - Published on Wed, 27 May 2020

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Mercedes-Benz is focusing on establishing a global battery production network and is investing more than one billion EUR to this end. The network will consist of nine battery factories at seven locations in Europe, North America and Asia. Mercedes-Benz’s wholly owned subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz in Saxony will play a special role in this. Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz AG and has been producing drivetrain batteries for electric and electrified vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz and smart brands as well as for light commercial vehicles since 2012. In Kamenz, about 50 kilometres from Dresden, the company has two factories that manufacture drivetrain batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as batteries for 48-volt systems.

Since Accumotive’s start of production, the Kamenz plant has produced well over half a million batteries based on lithium-ion technology for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as for 48-volt systems. Expanding the plant with a second battery factory that opened in 2018 was an important step for the company’s electric offensive and in meeting the growing demand for highly efficient batteries for electrified and electric drives. The company is gradually increasing its production capacities.

The second battery factory at the Kamenz plant produces battery systems for the Mercedes-Benz EQC (combined power consumption: 20.8-19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km), among other things. Producing this highly complex lithium-ion battery requires multiple production lines that are approximately 170 meters long, each with more than 30 production stations and with a high number of production steps. Absolute precision is necessary to manufacture the battery systems consisting of 384 battery cells and many other components. The battery cells, for example, are welded with a laser with a tolerance of only 2µm using modern automation technology.

The Kamenz plant has two battery factories and a total production and logistics area of 80,000 square meters. The second battery factory, which opened in 2018, runs on state-of-the-art equipment and uses a wide range of Industry 4.0 technologies.

Mercedes-Benz is investing more than one billion EUR into the establishment of a global battery production network within the worldwide production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. This battery production network will consist of nine factories at seven locations on three continents.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 27 May 2020
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