TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, USA -- As part of a $1 billion investment in electric vehicle production at its Vance, Alabama, plant, Daimler will produce battery packs with annual capacity of at least 10 gigawatt-hours for its EQ line of EVs, said a senior executive.
And more EV and battery plants are likely to follow around the world.
"We have more planned," Mercedes-Benz Cars production boss Markus Schaefer told Automotive News Europe at the factory's 20th anniversary celebration last month. "To produce the 50 electrified vehicle models that we've announced … we're not yet complete, we have a little bit more that will follow."
By 2022, the company plans to electrify its entire passenger vehicle lineup, offering more than 50 battery-electrics, plug-in hybrids and 48-volt mild hybrids in all sizes and segments. The first Mercedes-Benz EQC series model will come off the line in Bremen, Germany, in 2019.
As part of that strategy, Mercedes will invest the $1 billion to build EQ EVs and their battery packs in Alabama, with production starting early in the next decade.