The Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen will be the second location, after Bremen, where electric cars will be produced for the new dedicated sub-brand Mercedes-EQ.
The Sindelfingen plant is set to become the competence center for battery-electric models in the upper and luxury class. Beyond Bremen and Sindelfingen, further EQ models are set to be integrated into the series production of the existing Mercedes plants on four continents. At which locations other EQ models will fit the production network is a decision bound to be made depending on the market demand.
More than 10 electric cars by 2025
With the current decision, Mercedes-EQ electric cars will be produced at four locations in Bremen, Rastatt, Sindelfingen and the Smart factory in Hambach, France. The B-Class Electric Drive has been discontinued in Rastatt since April 2014. The Elektro-Smart has already been built in Hambach since 2007.
In Bremen, 150 temporary workers are transferred to a fixed employment relationship with the start of production of the EQ models. Bremen will manufacture the Mercedes-EQ SUV.
By 2025, Mercedes-Benz plans to launch more than ten electric cars: in all segments from smart to large SUVs. The company assumes that the share of the electric cars from the total sales of Mercedes-Benz will be between 15 and 25 percent.