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Mercedes-Benz is a German global automobile marque and a division of Daimler AG.

Mercedes-Benz AG is investing more than 1 billion euros in a global battery production network

The battery production network will consist of nine factories at seven locations on three continents.

Plants at Kamenz (Germany), Bangkok (Thailand) and Beijing (China) are already online. The next location to soon start battery production will be Jawor (Poland), followed by plants around Stuttgart (Germany), and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

A Kamenz plant has been producing batteries since 2012.

Together with its local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP), Mercedes-Benz Cars has set up a battery production facility in Bangkok (Thailand), which started operations in 2019. Mercedes-Benz and BAIC have jointly set up a local battery production facility at the existing plant location in the Yizhuang Industrial Park in Beijing (China). Production at a battery factory in Jawor, Poland, will start in 2020. At the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim, Germany, battery factories are currently being built at the Brühl and Hedelfingen locations. A battery factory is also currently being built near the existing Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, USA. A new battery factory will also be built at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant.

More » The Driven, TechAU, Elektroauto-News (German), elektroniket (German), electrive, Green Car Congress, Reuters

Fully Charged show lists the Top 10 affordable EVs available now in the UK for 2020

Robert Llewellyn from the Fully Charged show lists the ten most affordable EV’s available today in the UK as listed at the Electric Vehicle Database »

  1. Renault Zoe ZE50 R110 @ £26,170
  2. Peugeot e-208 @ £25,550
  3. Renault Kangoo Crew Van ZE33 @ £25,478
  4. Mini Electric @ £24,900
  5. MG ZS EV @ £22,495
  6. Volkswagen e-Up! @ £20,195
  7. SEAT Mii Electric @ £19,800
  8. Citroën C-Zero @ £17,520
  9. Skoda CITIGOe iV @ £17,455
  10. Smart EQ fortwo coupe @ £17,785

And then Robert gives us his opinion on why you might want to focus on either the Renault Zoe ZE50 R110 or the Volkswagen e-Up!

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Mercedes-Benz has started taking orders in Europe for its EQV, a zero emissions electric van built for families, recreation and business

Mercedes-Benz EQV Starts Selling as EQV 300, Priced at EUR71,388

Mercedes Benz News Release »

  • Everyday electric mobility with a range of up to 418 kilometers and standard fast charging function.
  • The EQV is the second member of the EQ family of Mercedes-Benz.
  • After eVito and eSprinter, with the EQV most every Mercedes-Benz van is available electric.
  • The EQV starts with a price up from EUR 71,388.10 (incl. 19% VAT).

The new battery-electric-powered large-capacity sedan from Mercedes-Benz, the EQV, can now be ordered. For the market launch, the third electric van with star is available in the long wheelbase version as EQV 300. The EQV combines emission-free mobility with convincing driving performance, high functionality and an aesthetic design. The battery with a usable capacity of 90 kWh enables a range of up to 418 kilometres.

“Whether for the environmentally conscious family, the recreational athlete or as a shuttle vehicle – our EQV offers superior driving performance, long range as well as a generous range of space – and all this locally emission-free” says Andreas Böger, Head of Sales of New Vehicles Mercedes-Benz Transporter and Vans Germany, at the start of sales of the EQV…

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Mercedes R&D boss Markus Schäfer says synthetic fuels is not a viable option; now focusing investment on electrifying its cars

Autocar »

“We have made a clear decision that our way will be electric first,” he said. “When we develop new platforms, we think electric first. We have to watch regulations and customer behaviour, but this will be our main road.”

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The Mercedes-Benz Bank, with its insurance partner HDI, is offering extensive insurance cover for hybrid and electric vehicles

Daimler Mobility Europe / Mercedes-Benz Bank »

The module is automatically added to comprehensive insurance contracts for electric and hybrid vehicles, thus ensuring customers do not incur any additional costs. It comprises all risks coverage* for the battery: insurance cover includes for example overvoltage damage, rescue costs, fire, towing damage, consequential damage following a short circuit and following animal bites up to 10,000 euros. The mobility protection also comprises towing away to the nearest charging station if the battery is unintentionally discharged. As well as the battery, insurance cover against theft and vandalism is also included for the wallbox and the charging cable up to 2500 euros.

More » electrive, Elektroniknet (German)

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Daimler and Geely join to build the ‘Smart’ EV brand

Autocar »

The future of Smart is far more promising than it once was, according to Mercedes R&D boss Markus Schäfer, as the EV brand establishes itself as a joint venture between Daimler and Geely.

The deal, completed in January, includes production of Smart vehicles in China. The brand will remain focused on electric, urban-centric cars.

Schäfer said that while Smart had been successful in terms of how it was received by consumers, it had failed to be commercially viable…

Mercedes sticking to it’s schedule for the release of the luxury electric EQS this year

Mercedes EQS

Mercedes EQS

Elektroauto News » (Translated from German)

Mercedes production chief Jörg Burzer said in an interview with the Automobilwoche that despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the launch for the new S-Class and the all-electric EQS, remains on schedule and is planned for the coming year, however Burzer did not provide specific dates.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler is ending fuel-cell development for passenger cars

Stephen Edelstein / Green Cars Report »

Daimler is also shifting fuel-cell development resources from Mercedes to its truck division as part of the new joint venture with Volvo Trucks (which is unrelated to the automaker of the same name).

More » Automotive News Europe (paywall), Electrek, EVBite

Volvo with Daimler form venture to develop fuel cell trucks and buses

Sustainable Bus »

Volvo Group and Daimler Truck are planning to establish a joint venture focused on fuel cell trucks and buses. The two societies announced today, 21 April 2020, that they have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to this extent, with final agreement expected by Q3 and closing before year-end 2020.

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