Automakers Go Electric

Automotive manufacturers around the country are increasingly focusing on adding electric vehicles to their lineups. Alabama’s automotive industry is keeping pace and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) is leading the way with a $1 billion expansion slated for electric vehicle production, including a 600,000-square-foot battery plant in Bibb County that will produce electric batteries for its new line of electric models, the EQS and the EQE SUV.

According to Dr. Jörg Burzer, a member of the board of management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain Management, MBUSI is a “very important cornerstone for our electric strategy.” The plant, which is the exclusive producer of GLS and GLE SUVs for Mercedes, will also be the exclusive producer of the EQS, which starts production in 2022. Currently, MBUSI exports the models it produces to approximately 130 countries.

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