Daimler spends €20 billion on battery cells

February 19, 2019

Daimler has gone on a shopping spree, ordering battery cells to the value of a whopping €20 billion (about R324 billion). The orders will ensure that the company has a steady supply of battery cells until 2030.

The battery cells will be used across its product range – in anything and everything from cars to buses and trucks. By 2022, the entire Mercedes-Benz car portfolio will be electrified, with various electrified alternatives available in every segment.

In total, there will be well over 130 variants, from the 48-volt electrical system to EQ Boost and plug-in hybrids and more than ten all-electric vehicles powered by batteries or fuel cells. By 2025, sales of battery-electric vehicles are expected to increase to 15 to 25 percent of total unit sales.

In a similar vein, Mercedes-Benz Vans is electrifying its entire commercial fleet. This started with the all-electric eVito mid-size van (deliveries commenced in November 2018). The eSprinter will follow in the second half of 2019.

As FOCUS readers know, the company has already made inroads into the electric-truck market. Deliveries of its first all-electric truck in series production – the Fuso eCanter light-duty truck – commenced in 2017.

The all-electric eActros for heavy-duty distribution transport has also been proving its worth on Germany’s roads since June 2018. In September last year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks handed over the first of a total of ten eActros trucks to a customer for use in everyday operations.

Series production in the bus segment began in 2018 and the first Mercedes-Benz eCitaro was recently delivered to Hamburg’s public-transport operator, Hamburger Hochbahn.

My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

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