Mercedes-Benz & Geely Holding JV to Develop Premium EVs

Mercedes-Benz & Geely Holding JV to Develop Premium EVs

Mercedes-Benz & Geely have established their global JV “smart Automobile” with the aim to transform it into a leading player in premium-and intelligent EVs.

Mercedes-Benz AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the German and Chinese automotive groups, have announced that they have formally established the global joint venture (JV) “smart Automobile Co., Ltd.” for the smart brand after receiving the regulatory approvals. The total registered capital of the JV will be 5.4 billion RMB (USD 777 million) to transform it into a leading player in premium-and intelligent electric vehicles (EVs).

Both parties will equally contribute 2.7 billion RMB, the share of Mercedes-Benz AG will be mainly covered by the contribution of the smart brand. The global headquarters of the new joint venture has been set in Hangzhou Bay, Ningbo with operational sales functions based in China and Germany.

Ola Källenius, chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, said that “having received all necessary regulatory approvals we are now ready to start the joint venture with our partner Geely that has been in preparation for the past several months. The joint venture will bring the next generation of zero-emission smart electric cars to the Chinese and global markets. We look forward to continuing our collaboration to bring desirable products and services to customers around the world.”

The new generation of smart vehicles will be designed by the worldwide Mercedes-Benz Design network and developed by the Geely global engineering network. Future production will be located in China. As part of the vehicle-development program, the smart product portfolio will be extended into the fast-growing B-segment that is in line with smart’s brand positioning with a focus on pure premium electric and connected vehicles.

Li Shufu, Geely Holding Chairman said that “the smart brand has a unique value and global influence, it has grown to be a leader in urban mobility. Geely Holding will fully support the smart brand with its full advantages in R&D, manufacturing, supply chain and other fields into the joint venture and support its development in China and globally. We will work together with Mercedes-Benz to transform the smart brand into a leading player in urban premium, electric and connected vehicles to successfully develop the brand’s global potential.”

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Ayush Verma

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