By 2022, Mercedes-Benz wants to offer an electrified alternative in each segment, and the plan also includes more than 10 pure electric vehicles. The company wants to produce batteries on their own, which it considers a significant success factor in this energy transition phase.
In Jawor, Poland, approximately 100 km away from the German border, a state-of-the-art engine factory is currently being built. The plant will produce four-cylinder engines for hybrid and conventionally driven vehicles. This will be the first Mercedes-Benz production site in Poland and will offer more than 1,000 jobs.
The engine production in Jawor will start in 2019 and will supply Mercedes’ plants in Europe and around the world. The construction of a battery factory on the existing ground at the site will create approximately 300 new jobs, the company said. The series production of batteries is slated at the beginning of the next decade.
“The engine plant and the new battery factory in Jawor are important parts of our global powertrain production network. With nine factories in our global battery production network we are very well positioned. It became apparent that building an engine factory in Jawor has been a good decision. This success story will be continued with the battery factory. We are looking forward to strengthen the collaboration with the region and the Polish colleagues,” said Frank Deiß, Head of Production Powertrain Mercedes-Benz Cars.
However, the cells for the battery pack are being purchased from the suppliers, spending more than 20 billion euros.
In the photo: Markus Schäfer (L), Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, and Mateusz Morawiecki (R), Prime Minister of Poland.