Begin of Manufacturing for the brand new EQS SUV at Mercedes-Benz in Alabama


Mercedes-Benz is completely producing the all-electric EQS SUV at its North American passenger automobile plant. These automobiles rolling off the road is a key step in Mercedes-Benz Automobiles’ world initiative to provide eight all-electric automobiles at seven websites on three continents this yr.

The complete-size EQS SUV is built-in in sequence manufacturing on the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama, which has been the manufacturing web site for giant Mercedes-Benz SUVs since 1997. Tuscaloosa serves as a key manufacturing location for Mercedes-EQ luxurious electrical SUVs: the EQS SUV and EQE SUV, which works into manufacturing later this yr.


The Tuscaloosa plant makes use of sustainable, environment friendly and versatile manufacturing strategies and follows the blueprint of the corporate`s Manufacturing facility 56 in Sindelfingen, Germany, which symbolizes the way forward for automotive manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz. Attributable to early investments into versatile manufacturing and the usage of the state-of-the-art MO360 digital manufacturing ecosystem, Mercedes-Benz is already in a position to produce battery-electric automobiles in massive volumes.

The brand new battery manufacturing facility, which opened in Bibb County in March, produces the battery programs for the EQS SUV on an roughly 300-meter-long manufacturing line with greater than 70 workstations. A number of parts is assembled into an entire system in a totally digitized manufacturing course of, together with as much as twelve cell modules and what is named the EE compartment for the clever integration of the ability electronics. The battery for the EQS SUV is predicated on a modular structure that can also be used within the EQS and EQE Sedans.

With the brand new plant, Bibb County is now part of the worldwide Mercedes-Benz battery manufacturing community, which contains factories on three totally different continents.

As of this yr the Mercedes-Benz US manufacturing websites function on a CO2 impartial foundation as the entire Mercedes-Benz owned passenger automotive and van vegetation worldwide. According to a the Mercedes-Benz technique of increasing renewable power manufacturing at its vegetation, the Bibb County battery web site’s total electrical energy wants can be met by means of renewable power sources from 2024 onwards.

With a view to the longer term return of lithium-ion battery programs from Mercedes-EQ automobiles, the corporate established a worldwide battery recycling technique, beginning to construct its personal battery recycling plant in Germany, based mostly on hydrometallurgy. The corporate plans to shut the recyclable materials loop with high-tech companions for battery recycling within the US and China.

For the reason that Nineties, Mercedes-Benz has invested a complete of greater than seven billion {dollars} in Alabama. From this quantity US$1 billion was invested into the battery plant, the logistics facilities and to improve the manufacturing line to make EVs. Right now, Mercedes-Benz US Worldwide (MBUSI) employs round 4,500 individuals and in addition secures an estimated extra 11,000 jobs with suppliers and repair suppliers within the area. Round 4 million automobiles have left the Tuscaloosa plant since 1997, with round 260,000 SUVs rolling off the manufacturing line in 2021 alone. Roughly two-thirds of annual manufacturing is exported, making MBUSI one of many largest exporters of cars from the US.


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