Mercedes-Benz has launched production of the all-electric EQS SUV at its production plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The EQS SUV will be exclusively produced in the United States and will utilize battery packs produced at Mercedes-Benz’s Battery Factory in Bibb County, Alabama.
The launch of EQS SUV production is a “key step” in Mercedes’ goal to manufacture eight all-electric vehicles at seven sites on three continents this year, it said. The Tuscaloosa plant has focused on large SUV production since 1997 and will continue as the German automaker transitions to more sustainable, electric powertrains within its fleet of vehicles.
The Tuscaloosa plant, where the EQS SUV is built, has been upgraded and updated and holds state-of-the-art manufacturing methods to increase efficiency and sustainability. Mercedes based the Tuscaloosa plant’s upgrades on the company’s Factory 56 in Sindelfingen, Germany, “which symbolizes the future of automotive production of Mercedes-Benz.” The automaker said it is already able to produce EVs in large volumes thanks to “early investments into flexible production” and “the use of the state-of-the-art MO360 digital production ecosystem.”
Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management for Mercedes-Benz in Production and Supply Chain, commented on EQS SUV production starting:
“Our production network is very well positioned for the sustainable and rapid scaling of electric vehicle volumes. With the new EQS SUV joining our production portfolio of all-electric Mercedes-EQ models, we reached another important milestone in our strategy to go all-electric by the end of the decade – wherever market conditions allow. I am absolutely sure that our great Tuscaloosa team will make the electric SUV another global success.”
As previously mentioned, the EQS SUV produced in Tuscaloosa will utilize battery packs from Mercedes’ Bibb County Battery Production Plant. Both facilities are already carbon-neutral in terms of production, Mercedes-Benz said. The Bibb County Battery Plant produces battery systems on a 985-foot-long production line, helping the plant mass-produce battery packs that contribute to the company’s global battery production network.
The three EQS SUV trim levels offer between 381 and 410 miles of WLTP range, as EPA estimates have not yet been released. The vehicle has been tested by the EPA as Teslarati was able to recover Certificates of Conformity from the Agency for the EQS 4MATIC and EQS 450 configurations.
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