Daimler subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive has started construction on its second battery production plant in Kamenz, Germany.
The €500M plant will be located on a 20ha area in close proximity to the existing battery factory in Kamenz.
With the addition of the new facility, the production and logistics area will be quadrupled to about 80,000sq m.
The Kamenz site is expected to be one of the biggest and most modern battery factories in Europe.
Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Daimler member of the management board, said: “By 2025, our passenger car product portfolio will contain more than ten fully electric vehicles. At the same time, we are continuously pushing our plug- in-hybrid offensive and the introduction of 48-volt-systems.
“Highly efficient battery systems are an important aspect of our strategy. They are an integral part of the vehicle architecture and not a ready-made product. The development, production and integration of those complex systems into our vehicles is one of our core competences.”
The new production facility, to be CO2 neutral, is set to commence operations in mid-2018.