To aid Daimler in its goal of actively shaping sustainable mobility, the Mercedes-Benz plant in Berlin will start producing transmission-integrated electric engine for Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicles in 2012.
Presently, the Berlin plant makes the V6 and V8 diesel engines and V12 biturbo engines for the Mercedes-Benz and Maybach brands.
In a release, Volker Stauch, Head of Powertrain Production at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that the electrification of the drive system is a crucial factor for mobility in the future.
Already, the Berlin plant has accumulated much expertise in the manufacture of electrically controlled components.
With this decision, the plant would be even more important in "shaping the future drive systems portfolio of Mercedes-Benz." To develop and produce the new engine, Daimler will invest about 40 million euros in total.
The electric engine is fitted in as part of the automatic transmission and it can generate an engine power of 15 kW and more.
Performance is boosted by interacting with the combustion engine. In addition, consumption is lowered by recovering energy during braking, for example, which charges the battery.