As the state’s automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ramp up EV production, starting with Mercedes-Benz next year, Alabama has to ensure the suppliers in the state are in a position to make the transition where possible.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) in Tuscaloosa County – investing $1 billion preparing for EV production – is slated to begin building the EQE and EQS SUVs in 2022, alongside SUVs with conventional and plug-in hybrid drives. Part of that investment is the building of a battery plant in Bibb County.
“We’ve got five OEMs in the state of Alabama and all five are investing heavily in the future of the electrification of vehicles,” said Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. “So, we definitely see it coming. We anticipate it. We’re working with our OEMs and the supply chain each and every day.”
Electric vehicles and charging stations part of Alabama’s automotive future from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.Last month, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey told economic developers at the Economic Development Association of Alabama summer conference that she wants the state to become more involved in all facets of the EV industry.
“Alabama’s automotive industry is clicking on all cylinders,” she said. “We should be leading the research effort to make Alabama the EV leader.”