Daimler: Cooperation for battery production

Stuttgart (dpa) – The car manufacturer Daimler is joining the battery cell alliance of the large French corporations Stellantis and Totalenergies to supply its electric cars. The passenger car division Mercedes-Benz will become equal shareholders in the Automotive Cells Company (ACC) with a third.

Mercedes intends to invest a total of less than one billion euros, including a mid three-digit million amount in the coming year. In addition, the Swabians want to contribute technology and production know-how.

Economics Minister Altmaier sees a breakthrough

«Together with ACC we will develop and efficiently develop battery cells and modules in Europe produce – tailored to the specific requirements of Mercedes-Benz, ”said Daimler boss Ola Källenius. Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) welcomed the move and spoke of the biggest breakthrough for a battery cell project to date.

It was only in July that Daimler publicly decided to invest in battery cell plants itself to supply its to secure future electric cars with batteries. Since then, Källenius has been looking for partners for the project to set up a production capacity of more than 200 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery cells per year by the end of the decade. Up to 2030, Daimler wants to be able to sell only fully electric Mercedes-Benz cars, wherever market conditions allow. 200 Gigawatt hours of cell capacity would theoretically be sufficient for 2.5 million current Mercedes EQC models, each with 80 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity storage.

New jobs

The alliance with the French auto giant Stellantis (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, Fiat) and the oil company Totalenergies is part of these efforts. According to Daimler, ACC wants to produce at least 120 gigawatt hours of battery cells per year by the end of the decade. How much of this is planned for Daimler was initially not known. From the middle of the decade, ACC will supply Mercedes-Benz with battery cells and modules from factories in Germany and France. The total investment in ACC should amount to more than 7 billion euros.

According to the Federal Ministry of Economics, the ACC consortium has been part of the European Union and France and Germany since 2018 a joint European project (IPCEI – Important Project of Common European Interest). “It is already clear that tens of thousands of jobs will be created in battery cell production in Germany alone over the next few years,” said Altmaier. The cooperation between Germany and France has the potential to create a new battery champion in Europe.

Pioneer in battery production?

Together with the Tesla project as well In addition to the other 14 projects funded as part of the European battery projects, Altmaier believes that Germany can become a focus of global battery production. “This is the most successful industrial policy project since Airbus to date.” Overall, almost 60 companies from 12 EU countries take part in both IPCEI projects in Europe. In addition, there are several 100 companies from Europe that indirectly benefit from the IPCEI as suppliers, research institutes or partners.

A real boom in battery cell production can be observed in Europe , it was said. The construction of several “gigafactories” is planned and partially implemented. Across Europe, up to 2030 around 100. 000 new jobs would be created in the battery sector. In Germany alone, the 16 funded IPCEI companies invested more than 13 billion euros and, according to the ministry, create around 10. 000 direct jobs.

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