July 22, 2020 – With its broad portfolio of attractive premium vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has always also stood for innovation, especially in the field of drive systems. The research, development and production of these drive systems are core competencies of Mercedes-Benz AG. In the course of the transformation towards CO₂-neutral mobility and digitalisation, the company is now taking another important step by systematically aligning the drive system unit to the future. To this end, Mercedes-Benz AG is grouping all drive system competencies across the group in the new unit “Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems” within the company.
The drive system is one of the central components of our vehicles and strongly determines the typical Mercedes-Benz driving character - whether it is purely electric, hybrid or conventional. With the new Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems unit, we will create synergy effects and drive forward the greatest challenge on the road to CO₂-free mobility, namely the transformation of our drive systems, even more rapidly and more efficiently. With the new organizational unit, we can continue to develop our production and development areas future oriented and in a competitive manner while at the same time produce as efficiently and economically as possible. I am convinced that this focus will support us in our ambitious goal of being able to offer our customers a complete CO₂-free product range in under 20 years. Thanks to the overall responsibility for the entire added value - from the battery cell to the drive system - and the optimized cross-functions, we feel well equipped with Frank Deiß and his team at the forefront. Together, we will successfully master the upcoming transformation and the changes associated with it.
All process steps from development through production under one roof
For the first time, the new Mercedes-Benz Drive Systems unit combines all drive systems and disciplines relevant to drive systems from the fields of development and production under one roof within Mercedes-Benz AG. As an internal system supplier, it is responsible for engines and transmissions, batteries and electric drives, and also the associated hardware and software. As such, all drive types from Mercedes-Benz will be integrated in one unit – strongly aligned in terms of disciplines and products, and with a high degree of individual business responsibility. At the same time, through the reorganisation we will create key synergies across the entire process chain related to drive systems and thus increase economic efficiency in the medium-term.