BMW and Daimler want to make electric platforms togetherMarch 16, 2019
Partnership will allow each automaker to save at least seven billion euros
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are negotiating for cooperation in the development of platforms for electric vehicles, which will allow each automaker to save at least seven billion euros. The first consideration is cost sharing for compact and mid-size models, originally designed for electrical power plants.
Automotive News Europe, citing Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Auto Bild, reports that the final decision on this issue has not been made, and companies may not come to a single decision at all. If the cooperation agreement is still signed, then in seven years both BMW and Mercedes-Benz will be able to save seven million euros – the amount will increase when the joint development of full-size electric crossovers and sedans begins.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz already have joint projects. Together, companies are developing new electronic driver assistance systems (ADAS), as well as autonomous control systems for highways and parking lots. In addition, concerns have created a joint venture that will act as a provider of “intelligent services”. These will include car sharing, non-cash parking fees and a public network of charging stations for electric vehicles.
The companies are also engaged in the joint procurement of components and for 2.5 billion euros purchased the HERE map service.
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