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Mercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Jawor, Poland; ninth in its global network

Mercedes-Benz Cars will build a battery factory at the site in Jawor, Poland, and thus extend its global battery production network to nine factories.

We will electrify the complete portfolio until 2022 and will be able to offer in each segment various electrified alternatives to our customers. This includes more than ten pure electric vehicles. We will produce batteries on our own, what we consider a significant success factor in the era of electric mobility. After the production of high-tech engines, we will establish additional future technology in Poland. The battery factory in Jawor is the second largest investment at this new Mercedes-Benz site.

—Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain

In Jawor, approximately 100 km away from the German border, Mercedes-Benz is currently building a state-of-the-art engine factory. The plant will produce four cylinder engines for hybrid and conventionally driven vehicles. This will be the first production site of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Poland and will offer more than 1,000 jobs.

The engine production in Jawor will start in 2019 and supply car plants of Mercedes-Benz in Europe and around the world. With the construction of a battery factory on the existing ground at the site approximately 300 new jobs will be created. The series production of batteries for vehicles of the product and technology brand EQ is slated at the beginning of the next decade.

The engine plant and the new battery factory in Jawor are important parts of our global powertrain production network. With nine factories in our global battery production network we are very well positioned. It became apparent that building an engine factory in Jawor has been a good decision. This success story will be continued with the battery factory. We are looking forward to strengthen the collaboration with the region and the Polish colleagues.

—Frank Deiß, Head of Production Powertrain Mercedes-Benz Cars

Mercedes-Benz Cars belongs to the first and biggest industrial companies in Poland who have concluded contracts with local green electricity and heat suppliers. The engine factory as well as the battery factory will be supplied with CO2-neutral energy.

Global battery production network. Daimler is investing more than €1 billion in a global battery production network, within the worldwide production organization of Mercedes-Benz Cars. At the moment the battery production network consists of eight factories at six sites on three continents:

  • In Kamenz the battery production is running since 2012. Additionally a second battery factory is being built at this site. The series production will start in spring 2019.

  • At the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim two battery factories are planned.

  • Currently Daimler and Joint-Venture partner BAIC together are building a local battery production at the existing location in Yizhuang Industrial Park in Peking (China).

  • Near the existing Mercedes-Benz SUV plant in Tuscaloosa (US) construction works of a battery factory has recently begun.

  • Together with the local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plan (TAAP) construction of a battery production in Bangkok (Thailand) is underway.

  • A new battery factory is planned at the Mercedes-Benz car site in Sindelfingen.

Purchasing cells. The intelligence of the battery is integrated in a highly complex overall system; Daimler is concentrating on the key competence of the battery assembly. Cells are an essential component of the battery pack. Daimler is buying the cells on the world market and is instructing the suppliers to produce based on special specifications. In this way, the company says that it is securing for itself the best possible technology.

With the planned purchase of battery cells for more than €20 billion, the company is establishing the preconditions for the consistent change towards an electrical future. The cells will be used in the electric fleet of the electric smart, SUV, vans, buses and trucks (light and heavy duty version) as well as vehicles of the next generation of the product and technology brand EQ.



Batteries are the key to the transition to a clean profitable energy future; MB gets that and like Tesla, and now even Toyota, they are securing their battery supplies.


I wouldn't say batteries are key; you could accomplish a transition using technology like methanol fuel cells with CO2 capture instead.  However, batteries are definitely the path of least resistance (no pun intended).  There is nothing cheaper for storage on a time scale of minutes to a few hours.

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