Daimler has completed a new battery production line as part of its Chinese joint venture Beijing Benz with BAIC. The battery packs produced there will in future be used in the Mercedes-Benz EQE for the Chinese market.
The EQE produced in China is scheduled to be launched there in 2022.
As Beijing Benz now announced via its WeChat account, the battery production line was already completed on 3 December and has already completed its first test run. Initially, the batteries assembled there will be used exclusively in the EQE.
However, since the line is automated and flexible, mixed production of different battery products is also possible, the company said.
Beijing Benz has already been building the EQC since 2019. Since October, the smaller EQA and EQB electric SUVs have also been available for pre-order in China – the EQB was even unveiled in China at the Shanghai auto show in April. Despite its strong position in the Chinese internal combustion market, Mercedes-Benz has so far performed weakly in electric car sales – the brand did not make it into the top 15 of the China Passenger Car Association’s monthly figures. Mercedes does not publish its own monthly figures for China.