German automaker Daimler will build electric cars in Mercedes-Benz ICE plants
Daimler is to manufacture its new electric vehicles in existing combustion-engine Mercedes-Benz plants, reports Reuters.
Mercedes-Benz Cars production chief Markus Schaefer said on February 1 that: “In this way, we are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by electric mobility and are significantly limiting the required investment.”
Daimler will increase spending on electric cars, as well as self-driving cars, it reported during an earnings call on February 2.
In November, the German automaker announced an US$11 billion investment in electric vehicles, to be launched as part of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands.
Its assembly plants in Bremen, Rastatt and Sindelfingen in Germany as well as its Smart model factory in Hambach, in France, will be the centres for its EV production.
Its strategy compares with plans from rival Volkswagen, which has hinted that it may build its own battery factory to support EV development. The suggestion came as the manufacturer cut a deal with unions in November to cut 30,000 jobs, but create 9,000 new jobs in battery production and mobility services which would support its push into electrification and autonomous vehicles.
“If more than a quarter of our cars are to be electronic vehicles in the in the foreseeable future then we are going to need approximately three million batteries a year… Then it makes sense to build our own factory,” VW chief executive Matthias Mueller said in November.