Mercedes-Benz Berlin Plant to Produce Electric Engines for Hybrids

As part of Daimler’s overall strategy of actively shaping sustainable mobility, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin will begin production of transmission-integrated electric engine for Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicles in 2012.

The Berlin plant currently produces V6 and V8 diesel engines and V12 biturbo engines for the Mercedes-Benz and Maybach brands.

“The electrification of the drive system will play an important part in mobility in the future. The Berlin plant already has a wealth of expertise in the manufacture of electrically controlled components. Through this decision, this site will play an even more important part in shaping the future drive systems portfolio of Mercedes-Benz,” Volker Stauch, Head of Powertrain Production at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said in a release.

The company is to invest around 40 million euros in total in the development and production of the new engine.

The electric engine is built in as part of the automatic transmission and can develop an engine power of 15 kW and more. It boosts performance by interacting with the combustion engine and lowers consumption by recovering energy during braking, for example, which charges the battery.

“The whole team in Berlin has worked long and hard on building up the site’s potential in the field of electric mobility. It is thanks to our employees that our overall package has proved convincing. Our goal is to continue to gain points with our services in future and to help shape the age of electric mobility,” added Thomas Uhr, head of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin.
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