Mercedes starts production of CO2-neutral batteries
The new plant in Bangkok is the automotive group’s third battery factory. Plug-in hybrid batteries are to be produced here with immediate effect.10 Jan. 2020 Roland Freist
Together with its local partners Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP) and Thonburi Energy Storage Systems (TESM), Mercedes-Benz Cars has built a new battery factory on a 50,000 m² site at its plant near Bangkok. The central assembly stations here have been set up in the same way as in the existing battery factory in Kamen, North Rhine-Westphalia, and adapted to Thai standards. The batteries manufactured in Bangkok are to be used primarily in the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class, as well as in the GLC and GLC Coupé. The C- and E-Class are in particular high demand in Thailand.
Mercedes-Benz aims to have a CO2-neutral new car fleet by 2039, and by 2030, at least every second vehicle is to have an electric drive. All of the carmaker’s European plants should be producing climate-neutrally by as early as 2022. The new battery factory in Bangkok already meets this target, thanks to the installation of large solar panels on its roof.
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