The ground has already been broken on a brand-new factory.
The electric luxury market has heated up recently with the arrival of the Mercedes EQC SUV. The first all-electric SUV from Mercedes promises 402 horsepower from two electric motors and a range of over 200 miles. Building a new electric vehicle takes a lot of infrastructure, which is why Mercedes has invested $1 billion to build a new battery factory near its plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mercedes has just broken ground on its new factory in Woodstock, Alabama, which is already set to be operational in 2019.
The EQC is the first in what will eventually be a full lineup of electric Mercedes models. At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alabama plant, Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, said:
"As Mercedes starts to build more electric models, it will build even more battery factories around the globe. The widely export-oriented Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa is a high-tech production facility with a successful history and an exciting future in terms of our brand in the United States. We aim to play a pioneering role in the development of e-mobility and are well prepared to accomplish this mission.
"One year ago, we have announced $1 billion investment in Tuscaloosa mostly for the production of electric SUVs and a battery plant. We are bringing electric mobility for Mercedes-Benz to the United States. Around the globe, we are preparing six sites for the production of EQ models and our battery network will consist of eight factories" Schäfer added.
Mercedes will also build battery factories in Kamenz, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, and Sindelfingen - all in Germany, as well as in Beijing, China, and Bangkok, Thailand. These factories will help Mercedes produce at least one electrified vehicle in each model line by 2022. Along with the arrival of new electric models, Mercedes will continue to build gas-engine cars like the new GLE SUV, which recently began production in Alabama. With a massive product line of traditional gasoline cars and new EVs, Mercedes looks like it is all set for the future.