July 25, 2018: : Daimler is increasing its battery production capacities at the Sindelfingen and Untertürkheim locations in Germany. The global battery production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars thus grows to eight factories on three continents. Of these, five are in Germany. At the Sindelfingen plant, a new battery factory will be built, construction of which will begin in the next decade. The Untertürkheim powertrain plant also receives a battery factory in the Hedelfingen plant, which quadruples the originally planned capacity at the site. In the entire battery production network, Mercedes-Benz Cars now has eight battery factories at six locations on three continents. The expansion of battery production underlines the rapid and necessary transformation towards electromobility.
Mercedes-Benz Cars is investing more than one billion euros in a global battery production within the worldwide production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
June 28, 2018: The Power2Drive Europe exhibition took place for the first time in 2018 under the umbrella of The smarter E Europe and was an instant success with exhibitors and visitors. 148 suppliers presented their innovations for charging infrastructure and e-mobility, while the Power2Drive Europe Conference and the ees & Power2Drive Forum offered deeper insights into the latest hot topics in the industry. Around 47,000 visitors from 155 countries attended The smarter E Europe. The new exhibition Power2Drive Europe put the spotlight on the integration of e-mobility into the renewable energy system.
March 16, 2018: More and more households and businesses are storing self-generated solar power / 80,000 storage units already installed / German Solar Association expects double-digit market growth to continue into 2018. more
March 8, 2018: A current survey from EuPD Research reveals that German home-owners are highly interested in using cost-effective self-generated photovoltaic energy for their electric vehicles. Home-owners, who are currently considering the purchase of an electric vehicle, are also intent on buying a photovoltaic system. Furthermore, it is seen as the utilities’ responsibility to offer specific automotive electricity tariffs. more
January 26, 2018: At least since driving bans have loomed in big German cities like Munich, the subject of electric mobility has been relevant to society as a whole. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München, thinks that companies in particular have a duty here. “By putting the e-charging infrastructure into operation, we are setting a milestone in the area of electric mobility and are affirming our pioneering role in environmental and climate protection. more
December 25, 2017: The number of fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads has passed the 3m mark, as manufacturers ramp up their plans for mass production of battery-powered vehicles.
Industry watchers said the milestone was passed in November, with the growth rate indicating that electric car sales are now running at around 1m a year. EV-Volumes, a Sweden-based group that tracks the global electric car market, predicted sales will accelerate next year and bring the total number of battery-powered cars on the roads to around 5m by the end of 2018.
October 2017: As a means of green transportation, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly competitive. If they are charged using renewable energy, they can serve to mitigate climate change and reduce environmentally harmful emissions. The most important challenges involve reducing the cost of battery packs, improving energy density and expanding charging infrastructure. more