Mercedes-Benz avvia la costruzione di un nuovo impianto per le batterie in U.S.A.
Investment announcement of $1 billion made during the Tuscaloosa based plant’s 20th anniversary celebration last year is now showing off first results.
Groundbreaking ceremony for a new Mercedes-Benz battery plant in Tuscaloosa.
First new Mercedes-Benz GLE rolls off the line at Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Building of a new consolidation center in Woodstock, Alabama to be operational in 2019.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain: "We aim to play a pioneering role in the development of e-mobility and are well-prepared to accomplish this mission.”
Tuscaloosa, AL/USA - The investment of billions of US-Dollars in theU.S. car production of Mercedes-Benz is paying off: The first all newMercedes-Benz GLE which is based on a completely new SUV platform, left the production lines today bringing a new driver experience to our customers worldwide. At the same time, the electric initiative of Mercedes-Benz Cars in the U.S. is well on track. A groundbreaking ceremony today marks the start of the construction of a new battery factory. The factory will be built near the vehicle production site in Tuscaloosa providing batteries for future electric SUV under the product and technology brand EQ.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, attended the ceremony: "The widely export oriented Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa is a high-tech production facility with a successful history and an exciting future in terms of our brand in the United States. We aim to play a pioneering role in the development of e-mobility and are well prepared to accomplish this mission. One year ago, we have announced $1 billion investment in Tuscaloosa mostly for the production of electric SUVs and a battery plant. We are bringing electric mobility for Mercedes-Benz to the United States. Around the globe, we are preparing six sites for production of EQ models and our battery network will consist of eight factories."
The groundbreaking ceremony took place in the presence of Jason Hoff, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S International, the Governor of Alabama Kay Ivey and other distinguished regional and international guests at its location in Bibb County, Alabama. The new production site for batteries - along with the new Consolidation Center - is located seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz Cars vehicle production site in Tuscaloosa. The Consolidation Center, also announced as part of the 2017 investment announcement, will consist of three major areas, including the body parts preparation area, the assembly parts preparation area and the empties storage. It is expected to be operational in 2019.
More than $6 billion has already been invested in the Tuscaloosa plant since 1995. The additional $1 billion will help Mercedes-Benz Cars expand its industrial footprint in the region, most of which is slated for the electric initiative. It is expected that, once completed, these investments will create more than 600 additional jobs in Alabama.