Germany to host two more battery factories

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Daimler is planning to build its second battery storage system manufacturing facility in Germany.

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Daimler is planning to build its second battery storage system manufacturing facility in Saxony, while Terra E Holding is planning a huge lithium-ion battery cell factory at an undisclosed location in Germany.

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German carmaker Daimler has started construction on its second lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Kamenz, Saxony, eastern Germany. The ground-breaking ceremony was also attended by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The company’s unit Accumotive is investing €500 million ($562.4 million) in the projects. Daimler said production at the new facility will be started in the next years, while the number of its employees will be more than doubled to 1,000 by 2020.

Overall, Daimler has decided to invest approximately €1 billion in the global battery sector. The company claims it has so far assembled 80,000 lithium ion batteries at its existing facility in Kamenz. Daimler is also targeting to offer ten different electric vehicles by 2022.

Meanwhile, Terra E Holding is planning to produce lithium-ion cells in large-scale in Germany. The founders of the new company are BMZ Holding GmbH, the former CEO of Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché SA, Ulrich Ehmes, and Holger Gritzka, who was a manager at Thyssen Krupp Systems Engineering.

The latter will become the CEO of Terra E. The planned capacity for the factory is 34 GWh by 2028. Where the factory will be located, however, remains undisclosed. The cells will be produced in different formats for the industry and electromobility.

Financing for the project will be secured through partners and financial investors. The project’s required investment, however, was not revealed. Production at the new facility will be based on the results of the Giga-LIB research project. The initiative received the support of the consortium KLiB , which comprises 45 between enterprises and research institutes.

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3 Comments
  1. john 3 years ago

    When Musk said he expected his efforts to stimulate others people scoffed saying not until some mythical breakthrough in the late 20’s.
    It seems the action in China and Europe are a forerunner of what is happening before that time.
    It is possible there will be a newer chemical mix that may give better cycle and higher density however that can be adopted in the present manufacturing plants.
    Part of the Gigafactory build was specifically set out for changes in chemistry as well as the ability to use recycled materials from the present batteries.
    It would appear that by 2020 the number of large scale factories will be gaining strength and presence in the market both for home storage use and EV use.

    • Brunel 3 years ago

      Do not forget Dyson going into battery production – I hope his batteries can be cycled way more than Tesla batteries.

  2. George Michaelson 3 years ago

    It would be interesting for Tesla and others to announce on what basis they would permit alternate manufacturer sourced parts to comply with their requirements, such that we could see a rational market for batteries, rather than being locked to a single source.

    I could understand this is not trivial. I could understand that running in ‘second supplier’ mode might be akin to running in anything BUT extreme-mode. But the principle that a volt is a volt is a volt feels like one, which should be capable of being applied here. (power, drain, heat, cabling, cooling, overload.. lots of incompatabilities)

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