WOODSTOCK, Alabama — Mercedes-Benz today officially opened a new battery plant on the automaker’s Bibb County campus, a few months before the start of production of all-electric Mercedes-EQ vehicles at its Alabama manufacturing center.
Mercedes will produce the EQS SUV and EQE SUV in its plant in Alabama, as part of a global push to produce eight all-electric vehicles at seven locations on three continents.
The state-of-the-art battery factory near the Bibb County community of Woodstock will provide high-performance lithium-ion batteries for the new electric sport utilities, which will be built at Mercedes’ assembly plant just miles away in Tuscaloosa County.
“The opening of our new battery plant in Alabama is a major milestone on our way to going all-electric,” said Ola Källenius, chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG. “With our comprehensive approach including a local cell sourcing and recycling strategy, we underline the importance of the U.S., where Mercedes-Benz has been successful for decades.