Daimler Truck works council chief demands own battery production

Daimler Truck works council chief demands own battery production-truck

The head of the Daimler Truck works council, Michael Brecht, has demanded that the truck and bus manufacturer develop and manufacture batteries and some other important components for electric drives itself. The former sister company, the car division Mercedes-Benz, announced something similar just a few days ago. Daimler Truck with its more than 100.000 employees was spun off from Daimler in December and has been independent ever since.

According to General Works Council Chairman Brecht, the in-house development and production of the most important electrical components would have the advantage that employment at the locations can be kept high, and key parts for electromobility can be reliably delivered in the long term. Brecht would welcome it if the level of in-house production of electrical components was similar to that of conventional internal combustion engines.

“The commercial vehicle industry is certainly a few years behind the development of passenger cars in terms of transformation,” said Brecht, according to a statement quoted by the DPA news agency. “It is important that the transformation not only fulfills the interests of shareholders and investors, but also creates a story for the employees.”

Daimer Truck is taking a two-pronged approach to electrification: in addition to purely electric drives, the truck and bus manufacturer also uses hydrogen fuel cell technology. The latter can score particularly well on long-haul routes. The manufacturer assumes that these two drive options should account for up to 60 percent of sales by 2030, according to CEO Martin Daum.

At the request of the DPA, a spokesman for Daimler Trucks said that there were already future agreements for the plants in Gaggenau, Kassel, Mannheim and WOrth. “Important items” for alternative drives such as electrically driven axle systems and the assembly of fuel cell systems are already planned for the aggregate plants. And a pilot line for battery cell production is to be set up at the Mannheim plant.

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  1. From the article:

    “According to Brecht, the in-house development and production of the most important electrical components would have the advantage that employment at the locations hocedcan be obtained…”

    Yes, but the question still arises as to whether it makes economic sense. However, Daimler Truck is a far bigger player in trucks than its former “sister MB” in passenger cars.

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