The next stage of Daimler’s efforts to electrify road vehicles will start moving ahead this fall when construction begins on a new battery plant. The plant will be part of the joint venture announced last fall between Daimler and Evonik to develop and produce advanced lithium ion batteries. The first factory for German Accumotive will be located in Kamenz, northeast of Dresden. Production at the new facility will start in early 2011 with the first production applications in Mercedes cars beginning a year later. Evonik isn’t saying what the production capacity will be other than it will be ramped up in parallel with electric vehicle production.
The venture will produce battery systems using large format prismatic cells like most other automotive applications. Although Tesla Motors isn’t mentioned in the press release, the company may be involved in the development of the battery management systems for these packs.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz Concept BlueZERO
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