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Mercedes to build UK-designed axial-flux motors in Berlin
Published:  19 November, 2021

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to start building high-performance axial-flux electric motors designed by its UK subsidiary Yasa in Berlin, as it prepares to go all-electric by 2030.

Mercedes acquired Yasa earlier this year, giving it access to the UK-based motor developer’s “unique” axial-flux technology, and deepening its vertical integration. Mercedes-Benz is investing “triple-digit million euros” to transform the Berlin plant over the coming six years. The plant already assembles electric drives.

“The transformation of the automotive industry is more evident at our Berlin site than at any other Mercedes-Benz plant,” says Mercedes board member, Jörg Burzer. “The transformation from a production site for purely conventional drive components to a competence centre for digitalisation and production in the field of e-mobility is a significant step for us and our employees. With the production of high-performance electric motors, the Berlin plant will become a key pillar of the sustainable Mercedes-Benz electrification strategy.”

Mercedes-Benz is working with Siemens to develop flexible, efficient and sustainable digitalised production facilities in Berlin.

“Together, we are proving that state-of-the-art technologies can also make existing production facilities fit for the future,” says Cedrik Neike, CEO of Siemens’ Digital Industries business. “We are thus taking a major step towards sustainable and even more competitive automotive production. The future of mobility begins in the production hall. And technology from Siemens enables this transformation towards electromobility.”

Mercedes is going to build high-performance axial-flux motors in Berlin

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