Daimler's Weber Sees It's Ahead in Battery Technology

Automobilwoche talks with Thomas Weber about Daimler's partnership with Evonik in Li-Tec.

Published: 07-Feb-2009

TGART -- 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.


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