Six plants, three continents for the Mercedes electric expansion
Mercedes-Benz has made no secret of its plan to push aggressively into electric mobility, promising 10 full-electric models by 2022. Now, the company has outlined how it wants to make its battery-driven revolution happen.
According to Markus Schafer, member of the divisional board for Mercedes-Benz, production and supply chain, the electric range will "address every key market segment: from the Smart ForTwo seater, to the large SUV".
The cars will be built at six plants across the USA, Germany, France and China. Production will start with the mid-sized EQC SUV, which will be built in Bremen, Germany, from 2019.
"The battery is the key component of e-mobility," Schafer said, in what must be the most obvious executive quote of 2018 so far.
"As batteries are the heart of our electric vehicles we put a great emphasis on building them in our own factories. With our global battery network we are in an excellent position – as we are close to our vehicle plants we can ensure the optimal supply of production."
"The electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars is right on track. Our global production network is ready for e-mobility."