Daimler and Robert Bosch are to develop and make electric motors for all-electric vehicles in Europe. They have signed a letter of intent and begun negotiations to establish a 50:50 joint venture that should be concluded in the first half of 2011.

Joint production should start in 2012 of motors for Mercedes-Benz and Smart electric vehicles. Subsequent sales to other automakers will be handled by Bosch.

The JV will be based in Stuttgart and in Hildesheim where Bosch already has an electric motor manufacturing unit.