A new battery plant in Bibb County will supply batteries for the new EQS and EQE SUVs. Mercedes electric vehicles will be manufactured at the Alabama facility as part of the company’s global drive to produce all-electric vehicles at seven locations on three continents.
The opening of a new battery factory in Alabama is a milestone in our transition to all-electric technology. With a comprehensive approach, including a domestic cell sourcing and recycling strategy, we underscore the importance of the United States, where Mercedes-Benz has succeeded for decades. We are proud to create future-friendly jobs to build all-electric SUVs “Made in the USA” in a plant that has been an established part of our production family for 25 years, says Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group AG.
Since the 1990s, the company has invested a total of more than $7 billion in Alabama, $1 billion of which has been earmarked for a battery plant, logistics centers, and production line modernization to produce electric vehicles.
In the battery factory, high performance lithium-ion batteries are assembled into a complete system on a production line of about 300 meters in length with more than 70 workstations. The company said in a press release that up to 600 new jobs will be created in Bibb County.
Thanks to the new plant, Bibb is included in the global network of Mercedes-Benz battery production, which includes plants on three continents, including Kamenz in Germany, Beijing and China, Bangkok in Thailand, Jawor in Poland and Stuttgart in Germany.
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