Daimler and Bosch form electric motor JV

  • 18-Jul-2011 09:22 EDT

Production of electric motors from a joint venture between Daimler and Bosch is slated to begin in early 2012, with first application of the units in the new-generation Smart for two in the same year. The companies on July 14 announced formation of the JV, called EM-motive GmbH, noting that the modularly designed traction motors can be fitted to a wide variety of full-electric, fuel cell, and range-extender vehicle models from Smart and Mercedes-Benz. Bosch will be responsible for third-party sales. Headquarters and manufacturing plant for the JV will be located in Hildesheim, Germany, with the engineering site to be located close to the parent companies in Stuttgart.

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