If there are two car companies that have been identified with the term “eternal rivals” and they have clashed fiercely – but civilly – in previous yearsthese are BMW and Mercedes. Times, however, are changing as well data on the car market. Somehow the two German companies were forced to sit at the same tableto discuss and finally shake hands to start a big project together.
Although European, the collaboration concerns China where electric mobility has been making leaps and bounds in recent years. “Field of glory lampron” so for to acquire another source of income and this will be done inside from a large network of chargers.
As stated in the official announcement of the agreement, both BMW and Mercedes will apply the know-how they have acquired from their global business to offer fast and reliable electric vehicle charging solutions in Asian country.
The goal is to have it set up by 20206 a network of at least 1,000 high voltage charging stations. The first points are expected to be commissioned in 2024in areas of China where there are many NEVs (small electric city vehicles).
The network will be available to the general public however vehicle owners BMW and Mercedes they will enjoy extra benefits, such as the online reservation of the spot. It is also noted that the aim of the joint venture is to electricity sourced from RES is suppliedwhere conditions allow of course.
We remind you that she it is not the first time where the two companies have joined hands and start a project together. In 2019, they announced the start of cooperation for the development and creation of a common platform which would be used in the manufacture of vehicles with an autonomous driving system.
The goal was to reduce development costs and by 2024 to have the first practical result. At the time, it was announced that, overall, 1,200 executives from both would form development teams to share the expertise they would acquire.
However, the attempt was unsuccessful within the next year it was announced that the project would stop, with each advancing on the path of autonomous driving with partners outside the automotive sector.
Finally, we should remember that at the beginning of the year BMW and Mercedes they sat again at the discussion table, not alone, but with 8 more car manufacturers. All together founded the Cofinity-X consortiumwith the aim of promoting and further adoption of the Catena-X networkof an open ecosystem for secure and standardized data exchange throughout the value chain.
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