STUTTGART — Daimler AG is positioning itself as a leader in electric-vehicle technology through a partnership with chemicals and energy conglomerate Evonik Industries, of Duesseldorf, Germany.
Daimler plans to produce lithium ion cells and whole batteries with Evonik, while cells from Evonik subsidiary Li-Tec soon will be installed in Mercedes-Benz cars.
The deal makes Daimler the only automaker with r&d and production of lithium ion cells and batteries under one umbrella, says Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber.
But Daimler and Evonik want to find a third partner to provide expertise in electrical and electronic systems integration, he says.
Weber discussed Daimler's plans with Matthias Krust, staff reporter at Automobilwoche, the German sister publication of Automotive News.