Production of the EQS SUVs in Vance, Alabama is expected to begin in June.
By the end of this year, Mercedes-Benz will hire about 300 workers at its Alabama plant. This step is associated with the preparation of the brand for the production of electric vehicles in the United States. Now the plant in Vance employs 4,400 people who assemble the Mercedes GLS and GLE crossovers. According to the brand’s plan, starting next year, electric versions of two popular cars will also be assembled here.
It is reported that the production of electric vehicles will be integrated into the existing assembly process – in other words, only minor adjustments will be made to the work of the body, paint and assembly shops. A new battery assembly plant has been built nearby on 270 acres.
Mercedes-Benz is currently hiring technicians to assemble the body shop, paint shop, and battery factory, where workers will assemble high-voltage battery systems for electric vehicles. In the first phase, wages will be $ 20 an hour, and then will rise to more than $ 25 an hour over four years.
US production of the EQS electric SUV is expected to begin in June, and assembly of the EQE crossover will begin next October. According to AutoForecast Solutions, Mercedes will be able to assemble about 40,000 electric vehicles of each model in its first full year of production in the United States.
It should be noted that the Mercedes-Benz GLS is one of the best-selling models in the United States, and, as a result, the main source of profit for the brand. At the same time, the GLE crossover was the brand’s best-selling car in the first nine months of 2021.