Mercedes’ electric & fuel-cell trucks to be built at Wörth Plant in Germany
German automotive giant Daimler has announced that its future electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks will be built at the Wörth plant. Founded in 1963 and located in Wörth am Rhein, the manufacturing facility of Mercedes-Benz claims to be one of the largest commercial vehicle production facilities in the world. It will start producing the Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks from October this year, while the production of Mercedes-Benz eConic and eActros LongHaul electric trucks is scheduled to start from 2022 and 2024, respectively.
The first series-production trucks powered by hydrogen-based fuel cells could be handed over to customers starting in 2027. The GenH2 will reportedly be the first hydrogen fuel cell truck to enter series production. Currently, it is under development.
The world-renowned brand has plans to pump huge amounts of funds in the Wörth manufacturing facility as part of its goal to make it the center for emission-free transport within its truck production network. However, the manufacturer has made it clear that the manufacturing plant will keep on building conventional trucks too for the next few years. Zero-emission Mercedes-Benz trucks will be built on the same assembly line as internal combustion engines (ICEs) trucks, thanks to the so-called fullflex concept, a flexible production technology that enables the manufacturer to use the same production line to produce ICEs and EVs.
Meanwhile, the renowned manufacturer’s management and the works council have reportedly agreed on the proposal to split up the business before the end of this year, into two divisions -- the Cars & Vans division and the Trucks & Buses division.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks Operations Head Sven Gräble, who is responsible for the global production network of the brand, said in a statement that the company has laid the foundation for the future of the electric commercial vehicle production.
Revealing the plans, Gräble, “With the new target picture for the Wörth plant, we are securing the competitiveness and thus the long-term future of the location: In the future, we want to greatly expand the series production of our electric trucks here and are already creating the conditions for this.”
Currently, the Wörth am Rhein manufacturing plant is producing the ICE-powered heavy-duty trucks like the Actros, the Arocs, the Atego, Zetros and the multi-purpose all-wheel drive medium truck Unimog. With a workforce of around 10,000 people, the plant has a capacity to produce up to 470 vehicles per day.
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