April 08, 2022 – Mercedes-Benz aims to be a leader in both electric driving and vehicle software. To accelerate this development, the company has invested more than 200 million euros in the Electric Software Hub at the Mercedes Technology Centre (MTC) in Sindelfingen. Numerous software, hardware, system integration and testing functions are brought together under one roof. With this step, Mercedes-Benz is intensifying its approach of cross-functional collaboration.
The Electric Software Hub is an epicentre of our research and development and at the same time closely networked with the worldwide production sites. This is where key aspects of the future of Mercedes-Benz become reality - especially our own MB.OS operating system. Cars are among the most complex products in general. The hardware and software are decoupled and must work together perfectly. We ensure this in the Electric Software Hub. It is our software integration factory.
Faster and more efficient development
- Dimensions: 78 x 133 x 39 metres
- Total building space: around 70,000 m² (gross floor space)
- Investment amount: over 200 million euros
- Employees: around 1,100, possible jobs in total: 1,554 at full capacity
- Floors: 1 basement, 8 user floors, including 3 workshop floors, 1 technical floor
- 3 accessible inner courtyards on level 6
- Spaces: Workshop 14,349 m² (also includes 333 vehicle parking spaces, incl. basement)
- Test benches: 2089 m²
- Office space: 12,264 m²
- Laboratories: 2,292 m²
- 5 x large-scale test benches for electric drive and charging systems
- E-infrastructure: 250 charging points incl. High Power Charging (HPC)
Voices on the Electric Software Hub
The transformation requires even more networked working. With the Electric Software Hub, we are creating the environment for flexibility and creativity. An open room concept, free choice of workplaces and various rest areas indoors and outdoors provide optimal working conditions for our engineers. This will allow the approximately 1,100 colleagues in our new building to unleash their full innovative power.
Digitalisation is the central building block of automotive production of the future. I am all the more pleased that the Electric Software Hub has now been created here at the Sindelfingen site near Factory 56, our ultra-modern and fully digitalised production facility. Here, colleagues from development and production jointly take the digitalisation of the company to a new level.
The Electric Software Hub will be the technical hub of digitalisation. With this software integration factory, we are consistently pursuing the path towards e-mobility and shaping the change towards a software-driven mobility provider. The investments that have been made here are not only of enormous importance for the future viability of the Sindelfingen location, but also a clear commitment to Germany as a business location - and the global crises make it very clear how crucial this is. As workers' representatives, we know that the lever for success is above all the know-how of the employees. Our experts on the topics of electromobility and software now find the optimal conditions here to be able to work together across departments and in a state-of-the-art working environment. We are also pleased that around 3,000 software engineers are being recruited worldwide - around 1,000 of them at the Sindelfingen site alone. We take the interests of our colleagues seriously and are committed to implementing them together with the management.