Mercedes-Benz has started production of the EQS SUV as it expands its all-electric lineup in its attempt to catch up to EV front-runner Tesla.
The EQS SUV will be the brand’s flagship full-electric SUV and is being built for global markets including Europe at Mercedes's U.S. plant in Vance, Alabama.
The Vance factory, one of seven EV production sites on three continents, could deliver more than 100,000 EVs next year, or about a third of its 305,000-unit annual capacity.
Jörg Burzer, global head of Mercedes-Benz production, said the automaker's manufacturing network is "well positioned for the sustainable and rapid scaling of electric vehicle volumes."
The company's Alabama plant will continue to build gasoline-powered versions of the GLE and GLS alongside the battery-electric models. EV production will integrate into the plant's existing body and paint shop and assembly lines.