Mercedes-Benz has begun producing the EQS SUV at its Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama. These vehicles rolling off the line is a key step in Mercedes-Benz Cars’ global initiative to produce eight all-electric vehicles at seven sites on three continents this year. The EQS SUV is integrated in series production in the plant, which has been the production site for large SUVs since 1997. Tuscaloosa serves as a key production location for Mercedes-EQ luxury electric SUVs: the EQS SUV and EQE SUV, which goes into production later this year.
“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,” said Jörg Burzer, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Production and Supply Chain
“We have a highly skilled and motivated team that has absolutely delivered in the successful product launch of the new EQS SUV,” added Michael Goebel, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI). “Our Team Members in Tuscaloosa have shown a lot of flexibility, energy and commitment in helping us to achieve milestone after milestone since our first Mercedes-Benz rolled off the production line more than 25 years ago. The employees here at the site can be proud that the first all-electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz and its battery are being built in Alabama.”
With the EQS sedan and the executive EQE sedan, Mercedes-Benz has entered a new, all-electric era in the upper market segments. The EQS SUV is the third model series with this architecture developed for electric vehicles. The SUV offers plenty of space, comfort and connectivity for up to seven passengers.