Daimler breaks ground on €500m lithium-ion battery factory
May 25, 2017 – Accumotive, an affiliate of Mercedes-Benz manufacturer Daimler, has broken ground on its second lithium-ion battery factory in Kamenz, Germany.
The project will entail an investment of around €500m. The new factory will be a carbon-neutral facility, with production facilities to get energy from a combined heat and power plant and a photovoltaic plant and stationary battery storage units.
The new facility will be spread out on an area of nearly 20 hectares and will quadruple the size of an existing battery factory on site to about 80,000 sq m.
ACCUMOTIVE also unveiled plans to double the headcount at the site to over 1,000 by the end of the decade. The new facility is expected to become operational in mid-2018.
Daimler chairman of the board and Mercedes-Benz Carshead Dieter Zetsche said: “The battery factory in Kamenz is an important component in the implementation of our electric offensive. By 2022, we will have more than ten purely electric passenger cars in series.
“We also continue to drive forward the hybridization of our fleet. Under the EQ brand, we are creating a holistic ecosystem for e-mobility.”
Mercedes-Benz Cars Production and Supply Chain member of the divisional board Markus Schafer added: “With the second battery plant in Kamenz, we are giving the initial start for the development of the first premium eBattery factory. The local production of batteries is an important success factor in our electric offensive and a crucial element in order to flexibly and efficiently serve the global demand for electric vehicles.”