BMW and Mercedes-Benz take opposing views on flexible EV manufacturing

Luxury automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz are both pursuing robust rollouts of EVs. But the two brands also consider EV markets to be uncertain in the next few years. Their respective strategies for dealing with that perceived uncertainty are different.

BMW is integrating the production of EVs, plug-in hybrids, and internal-combustion cars on the same assembly line so it can dial EV volume up or down. Meanwhile, Mercedes is building dedicated EV platforms and a global network of battery plants, even as it reduces the short-term output of its first electric SUV.

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Mercedes-Benz admits Tesla’s acquisition of automation firm affected its battery production

The head of Mercedes-Benz’s work council admitted that Tesla’s acquisition of Grohmann Engineering, an automation firm, affected their own battery pack manufacturing plans. more…

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Mercedes-Benz cuts EQC electric SUV production target in half due to battery shortage, report says

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly cut its EQC electric SUV production target in half due to a battery cell shortage from LG Chem, according to a new report from Germany. more…

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