The Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin will produce a new generation of transmission-integrated electric engines for Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicles from 2012 onwards. The electric engine is a transmission-integrated version, i.e. the electric engine is built in as part of the automatic transmission and can develop power of 15 kW and more.
It boosts performance by interacting with the combustion engine and lowers consumption by recovering energy during braking.
With this decision, Mercedes-Benz Cars says it is continuing its strategy of building up technology for the electrification of drive systems as a core competence, including in production.
The decision to award the contract for the development and production of the new transmission-integrated electric engine to Berlin was made as part of the overall strategy of actively shaping sustainable mobility. As part of this strategy, Daimler has also taken on a leading role in the development and production of battery cells and the future manufacture of lithium ion battery systems in two joint ventures with Evonik Industries AG.
A 4,000 m² hall is currently being converted for the new scope of production at the Berlin plant. The company will invest around €40 million (US$54 million) in total in the development and production of the new engine. The necessary machinery and equipment is to be set up in the new production buildings by early 2011.
The Berlin plant currently produces V6 and V8 diesel engines and V12 biturbo engines for the Mercedes-Benz and Maybach brands. It also focuses on product development and production in the area of components and parts.