German auto giant, Daimler recently started the construction of their second battery factory at their subsidiary Accumotive's site in Kamenz.
“We are building a global production compound for lithium-ion batteries. Kamenz will become the competence center of this compound. With the new battery factory, the flexible and efficient production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars deepens crucial know-how for the production of promising future technologies. This also strengthens our global competitiveness and puts us in a very good position concerning future mobility”, said Markus Schäfer, member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.
The new facility, with a total area of 200,000 square meters, will be constructed as a CO2-neutral factory. Production facilities will be powered by a cogeneration unit and a photovoltaic system combined with stationary energy storage systems. Meanwhile, solar modules with 2 megawatts capacity will be installed on the rooftop of the new production building.
In the future, the Kamenz factory will produce lithium-ion batteries for all hybrid and electric vehicles of Mercedes-Benz and Smart as well as batteries for stationary Mercedes-Benz energy storage units and 48-volt-systems. The 48-volt-system will gradually be integrated into different model ranges.
Daimler said that with the construction of the second facility, the production and logistics area will be quadrupled to about 80,000 square meters. Accumotive, on the other hand, will gradually increase the number of employees in the coming years, doubling labor force by the end of this decade.
The company's second battery factory is expected to start operations by mid-2018.