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German Car Maker Plans to Expand E-Drive Production Capacity

The Stuttgart-Unterturkheim plant plays a decisive role in this strategy.

by Aishwarya Saxena

Luxury carmaker, Mercedes-Benz has decided to expand its global production network of e-drives to a million units.

Mercedes GroupThe Stuttgart-Unterturkheim plant plays a decisive role in this strategy.

In addition to conventional e-drives units and components, it is already responsible for the production of batteries and axles for plug-in hybrids and fully electric Mercedes-EQ models.

Now the company and employee representatives have agreed on the significant expansion of production capacities for e-drives units as part of a new works agreement.

The previously planned capacities will be doubled in the course of the new agreement – from 2024, the ramp-up will begin at the Unterturkheim location. In the target scenario, one million e-drives units can be produced, for example for vehicles on the MMA (Mercedes Modular Architecture) platform.

Jorg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, responsible for Production and Supply Chain Management: “Unterturkheim will continue to drive Mercedes-Benz in the truest sense of the word, also in the electric era. With production volumes for our new Mercedes-EQ models, we are making our traditional location in the Neckar Valley fit for the future and continuing its success story.”

Frank Deiß, Chairman Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems, Head of Production Powertrain Mercedes-Benz Cars and Plant Manager, Mercedes-Benz Unterturkheim: “The transformation of the Unterturkheim location is progressing with great strides. With highly efficient e-drives units and batteries, we are making the Unterturkheim plant fit for the future. In future, we will be able to supply e-drives for one million Mercedes-EQ vehicles to our vehicle plants. That makes me proud. The ramp-up will begin in 2024. With our highly flexible and committed teams here at the location, we are continuing to write the success story of the Unterturkheim plant together.”

The electric drive unit for the new models is being developed in-house at Mercedes-Benz. Construction of the new assembly lines on the site of the Untertürkheim plant, as well as the Bad Cannstatt plant, will begin next year.

In the future, Untertürkheim and the Hedelfingen and Mettingen annexes will manufacture and supply parts of the electric drive unit. The basis for these sustainable jobs is a comprehensive training and retraining programme for the

The Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems business unit is responsible for the e-drives portfolio of the Group, and bundles all drive-related activities in the areas of development, procurement, controlling, human resources and production under one roof.

The location is also home to a large part of the Group’s powertrain R&D, with around 3000 employees and a test track for vehicle testing.

In addition to battery systems, parts of the e-drives systems are already being developed and tested here.

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