Ola källenius. AUTO BILD im Gespräch mit: Ola Källenius (CES 2017) / Daimler

Daimler's Dr. Z readies for retirement, names Ola Källenius successor

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With an investment of around 500 million euros this includes the construction of a second factory for batteries at our subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz Saxony. So it is still the case that the drive system strategy is based on several cornerstones? Källenius: All the signals are on green here now. But that is not all. Is this the new silver bullet? The Quarterly: Is this also a response, in part, to the challenge of proliferation? More than half of annual mined supply of cobalt is sourced from Democratic Republic of Congo. That data lets us know when a car needs service even before the customer does, so we can prompt a service appointment.

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Daimler: Interview with Ola Källenius: least one electrified alternative in every model

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And what about the batteries? If you start analyzing that data, you can see patterns. He became the successor to Thomas Weber, who had been responsible for this division since 2004. In total we are aiming for a production capacity of one million batteries per annum. Källenius: Everything is pointing to growth here. So it is still the case that the drive system strategy is based on several cornerstones? With the world premiere of the pre-series vehicles we have just recently taken a major step. Market launch is planned for next year. Källenius: Precisely, our new S-Class is a case in point: here we have just launched a six-cylinder in-line engine with an integrated starter generator.

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Daimler: Interview with Ola Källenius: least one electrified alternative in every model

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Källenius: Our modular system is the basis for our electrification strategy. Källenius: Definitely not, we still need the diesel and in future we shall continue to advance its further development. With the launch of the 48-volt on-board electrical system in combination with starter generators we are now launching electrical drive system components on a broad front and thus continually enhancing the efficiency of our combustion engines. Z -- has been the face and mustache, the glorious mustache of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz for around 12 years now, but at 65 years old, he's looking toward retirement. How does this strategy fit with the fuel cell? He is credited with turning around the fortunes of the company, which issued profit warnings in 2012, and brought the company a record sales year in 2015. Z, is readying for retirement in 2019 as he prepares to take the chairman's seat on Daimler's supervisory board in 2021. Kaellenius said Daimler had moved from using an equal amount of nickel, cobalt and manganese in its electric car batteries, towards a new ratio of 8:1:1.

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Daimler's CEO designate will push alliances to cut costs

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Källenius: Our modular system is the basis for our electrification strategy. Is this the new silver bullet? We offer the customer the choice — depending on their individual preference and needs. Källenius: By 2022 we will have launched a total of more than ten purely electrically driven vehicles. We want to make our customer a holistic premium offer in the field of electric mobility. About the author s Ola Källenius is a member of the Board of Management of Daimler, responsible for marketing and sales.

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IN WORDS: Embodying Our Aspiration to be the Best

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A real Mercedes — purely electric! We know, for example, how your brake pads are wearing. He employs Silicon valley management techniques and this is reflected in his casual look — often wearing jeans, trainers and a shirt with no tie to tech conferences. Mercedes-Benz Passion Blog in German. Will the diesel be discontinued? Källenius: Definitely not, we still need the diesel and in future we shall continue to advance its further development. Winning both the Drivers' and the Constructors' titles five consecutive times is a great example of our aspiration to be The Best.

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Daimler: Interview with Ola Källenius: least one electrified alternative in every model

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Incidentally we are the only car manufacturer currently offering this type of integrated starter generator with 48-volt technology as standard. . . He was not talking about a product description, per se. With our newly developed premium diesel family we have proven that diesel can be clean. So time is not up for the combustion engines? In total we are aiming for a production capacity of one million batteries per annum. Think about other luxury brands, like Hermès and Louis Vuitton.

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AUTO BILD im Gespräch mit: Ola Källenius (CES 2017) / Daimler

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Hamburg was our pilot for that. Z's replacement is a Swede named Ola Källenius, who has been since 1993. Incidentally we are the only car manufacturer currently offering this type of integrated starter generator with 48-volt technology as standard. Plus there are further sites in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Beijing and Alabama. We spoke to him about the drive strategy.

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