“In total we are aiming for a production capacity of one million batteries per annum.”
Ola Källenius, Daimler’s head of R&D, is confident that Daimler will secure a significant market share in the battery sector. In his eyes, the lithium-ion technology has still a potential of 10 to 30 percent higher performance. A next-gen battery tech would not emerge before 2022.
“We look at when it will be affordable. We stick to our business model and when it is ready and when there is a request we will plug it.”
Dacia’s European chairman Jean Christophe Kugler says he wants to base the company’s electrification strategy on customer demand. The carmaker’s big advantage is that whenever it decides to head for electrification, it can easily rely on technology of the Renault-Nissan alliance.