According to the latest information available from the automaker – which is targeting an all-electric Mercedes-EQ portfolio of eight models for 2022 – they are all being assigned to the company’s global production network.
“With its ‘Electric First’ strategy, Mercedes-Benz is consistently on the path to CO‚ neutrality and is investing heavily in transformation. Our vehicle portfolio becomes electric and thus also our global production network with vehicle and battery factories. We intend to lead in the field of e-mobility and focus in particular on battery technology,” explains Markus Schäfer, the COO of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
A true EV flagship, the luxury sedan EQS, which has been attached to Factory 56 (the Sindelfingen plant in Germany), will enter series-production during the first half of next year.
The next all-electric model from the brand, the EQA compact crossover, will have two homes - the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt factory in Germany and the Beijing plant in China. By the way, the EQA is already in production in Rastatt and will also be the first to be revealed – on January 20, 2021.
A decision has also been made on the production location for the EQB fully electric compact SUV, which should be integrated on the lines of the Kecskemét (Hungary) and Beijing plants sometime next year. The final EV model scheduled for 2021 is the EQE executive sedan, which has been assigned to Bremen and Beijing.
Tuscaloosa, the classic home for large SUVs from the German brand, will become the exclusive provider of the sport utility versions of the EQS and EQE starting in 2022. As far as batteries are concerned, the plant near Vance, Alabama is also tasked with on-site production of the packs for the EQS and EQE.
Meanwhile, batteries for other models in the EQ lineup will be assembled in Untertürkheim/Hedelfingen and Kamenz (Germany), Jawor (Poland), or Beijing (China).