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Automobile Product | Mercedes-Benz opens new battery plant in US

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Mercedes-Benz opens new battery plant for cell assembly in Alabama. With this, the automobile manufacturer wants to prepare itself for the increase in electromobility in the United States.

A few months before the start of production of new, fully electric Mercedes EQ vehicles in the United States, Mercedes Benz opens a battery plant in Pip County, Alabama. In Alabama, Mercedes-Benz will manufacture EQS SUVs and EQE SUVs as part of a global offensive to produce eight full-electric vehicles in seven locations across three continents. The Bibb County Battery will supply batteries for the new EQS SUV and EQE SUV models. According to Mercedes-Benz, the plant will create about 600 new jobs. Alabama has traditionally been a major export hub for Mercedes-Benz, especially for luxury SUVs.

Pip County completes global battery production network

The battery plant in Pip County, near the existing Tuscaloosa car plant, is expected to play a significant role in the power strategy. Mercedes-Benz Group A: “The opening of our new battery plant in Alabama is a major milestone in our path to a fully electric future. Says Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of directors.

With the new facility, Pip County will become part of the global Mercedes-Benz battery manufacturing network, which will include factories on three continents. These include Kamens and Stuttgart (Germany), Beijing (China), Bangkok (Thailand) and Javore (Poland). According to Mercedes-Benz, it is investing more than one billion euros in the expansion of the global battery manufacturing network.

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Partnership with Battery Cell Expert Envision AESC

The Pip County facility was initially only an assembly facility. However, in the long run, Mercedes-Benz wants to get more involved in cell production. To this end, the company announced a partnership with battery cell specialist Envision AESC to set up a cell factory in the United States. Envision AESC is also said to be supplying battery packs from a new plant in the United States to the Pip County plant. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the middle of the decade. Mercedes-Benz has announced that it plans to build eight cell factories worldwide with its partners by the end of the decade. These should have a production capacity of 200 GWh.