Mercedes-Benz Energy – for all your stationary energy storage needs
The demand for lithium-ion batteries is constantly rising, especially with the growing number of electric vehicles.
Daimler AG is continuing to expand its network of expertise in the field of lithium-ion battery applications, and has established Mercedes-Benz Energy, which is assuming the development and global sale of the brand’s stationary energy storage systems.
By expanding this line of business to include stationary private and industrial applications, Daimler AG, with its wholly owned subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive, has opened up additional prospects for growth.
Mercedes-Benz Energy relies on close collaboration with its associated companies – Deutsche Accumotive will produce both the stationary and automotive storage systems, while the development, sale and installation are the responsibility of Mercedes-Benz Energy.
“The new focus allows us to react with even greater flexibility to our customers’ requirements, and to expand our product portfolio as necessary,” says Harald Kröger, head of development Electrics/Electronics and E-Drive at Daimler AG.
Establishing a separate entity provides greater flexibility for the stationary storage business – which is particularly advantageous when it comes to contact with customers, since the customer base for Mercedes-Benz Energy storage solutions is very diverse in comparison to the automotive division. It also allows Deutsche Accumotive to focus on developing automotive applications going forward.
The new company is also benefiting job creation in Germany. Mercedes-Benz Energy is starting with 50 employees, and wants to increase this figure to 100 by the end of 2016.
There are further plans to increase the workforce to 200 by the end of 2017.
Marcus Thomas, who has many years of experience in the field of conventional and alternative drive systems at Daimler AG, will take over management of the company in July.
Developed specifically for use in vehicles, the storage units meet the highest safety and quality requirements. They are based on the same technology that Daimler has already used about 75 000 times in electric and hybrid vehicles since 2012.