Mercedes-Benz has been a representative of innovation, especially in the field of drive systems, thanks to a variety of attractive high-end models, foreign media reported. The development and production of such drive systems is the core competencies of Mercedes-Benz, which is taking another important step in its transition to CO2 and mobile mobility and digitalization, by systematically making its drive systems division future-oriented. To this end, Mercedes-Benz has integrated all of the Group’s drive system technology into its new division, the Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems.
Mercedes-Benz and its products are future-oriented and have a significant impact on drive systems as they transition to CO2-free mobile travel. As a result, the company has set up an internal division, the Mercedes-Benz Drive System, specifically for drive system expertise. This will help create synergies that will drive Mercedes-Benz to transform more quickly and efficiently. For the first time, the new division combines development, production, related areas and all areas of cross-functionality, quality management, planning and procurement. As an in-house system supplier, the department is responsible for providing engines, transmissions, batteries, electric drive systems, and related hardware and software.
The head of Mercedes-Benz’s drive systems division, Frank Dei? Torsten Eder will be the head of power systems research and development, while Andreas Friedrich will be the head of electric drive systems development from August 1, 2020, both of which are also members of the Executive Board.
As an in-house systems supplier, the department wants to be able to provide innovative, competitive drive systems in terms of technology, quality and cost. To this end, the department will work closely with colleagues in procurement and other departments. Under the new structure, overlapping areas of Mercedes-Benz Operations, such as logistics, quality management and production planning, will be merged directly with Mercedes-Benz drive systems. In this way, operational methods, standards, and processes between the department and the powertray plant can be synchronized more closely.
Employees in other departments associated with Mercedes-Benz drive systems will bring the expertise accumulated in their previous positions to the new Drive Systems think tank.
On the road to CO2-free mobile travel, Mercedes-Benz has been pursuing a technology-neutral drive system strategy that combines state-of-the-art internal combustion engines (including 48V technology), plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles. The company’s goal is to meet the different needs and market requirements of different parts of the world through attractive drive systems, so that it can always provide customers with the right vehicles.
By the end of this year, five all-electric Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and more than 20 plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz models are expected to be available. Plug-in hybrid models will include Mercedes-Benz A-Class to S-Class, GLA to GLE and other versions, electric range of up to 100 km. In addition, pure electric vehicles will be on the same running line. Mercedes-Benz models now on the market include the all-electric Mercedes EQC (EQC 400 4MATIC, combined power consumption: 20.8-19.7 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km smart EQ fortwo and smart EQ forfour models and EQV 300 (combined charge: 26.4-26.3 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). In the compact model segment, pure electric versions of Mercedes-Benz models, as well as pure electric EQS models in the sustainable luxury car segment, will also be available soon.