Daimler modernizes Untertuerkheim plant for fuel cell systems

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Daimler announced plans to invest 1 billion euros ($1.06 billion) in upgrading its Untertuerkheim plant, near Stuttgart, set to become a center of competence for fuel efficient engines, hybrid powertrains and the production of fuel cell systems.

With current workforce rated at 18,700, the factory builds engines, transmissions and axles for Mercedes-Benz cars and will add to its engine portfolio two new gasoline turbos and a new four-cylinder diesel. The production of automatic transmissions for the firm’s rear-wheel drive vehicles will also become exclusive to Untertuerkheim plant.

Starting June 1, Untertuerkheim is set to assume responsibility for a facility in Nabern, in charge for the overall development of fuel cell drive systems. Here assembly of fuel cell systems will take place.

Daimler, the world’s No. 3 luxury-car maker by sales, continues to put its main focus on keeping in-house products with competitive relevance, streamlining and modernizing the product portfolio at the same time.

Together with its German rivals BMW and Audi, Daimler invested heavilyin alternative powertrains, including battery-powered and hybrid vehicles. Their quest is unanimous: bringing down carbon dioxide emissions average in the EU.