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2019 Mercedes Concept EQ, to be Alabama-built by 2020

Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:39 am

The premium BESUV market is looking likely to be very crowded, in just a few years.

https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/merced ... revisited/

Mercedes Takes on Tesla With Plans to Build Electric SUVs in the U.S.

Daimler AG doesn't just plan to sell electric vehicles to U.S. consumers, the German automaker that owns the Mercedes-Benz brand wants American workers to build them too.

Daimler said Thursday it will spend $1 billion to produce electric SUVs at its Alabama factory—and build a separate battery plant—in a move that could give homegrown electric vehicle favorite Tesla a little competition.

The Mercedes electric SUV will be under a new brand called EQ, which will cover a number of electric products, from vehicles and charging services to home energy storage units. Mercedes gave the world a first look at what EQ vehicles might look like at the Paris Motor Show in 2016 when it unveiled an electric crossover concept vehicle...

The first EQ series model, EQC, will go into production in 2019 in Bremen, Germany...

the EQ isn't going to go head-to-head with the Tesla Model X. But it might be competing with Model Y as well as several other automakers including Audi and Volvo that plan to bring electric vehicles to the U.S. market in the next several years...

Daimler also plans to build a one million square-foot battery plant next to its Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based factory. This will be Daimler's fifth battery plant globally. Construction for the new facility in Tuscaloosa is expected to begin in 2018, with operations planned to start at the beginning of 2020...

http://fortune.com/2017/09/21/mercedes- ... s-alabama/

Another take:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... ctric-push

MB's site showing the 2016 concept BESUV:

https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/merced ... revisited/
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Re: 2019 Mercedes Concept EQ, to be Alabama-built by 2020

Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:15 pm

They are being coy about battery plant capacity. Since the $1B investment pays for both the factory upgrade and the battery factory, it perhaps stands to reason that the battery capacity will 10-15% of the Gigafactory (which cost $5B.)

We do know they are building a long distance SUV which will, I presume, come with a 100 kWh+ battery. My WAG then is battery supply for somewhere in the range of 30k EVs a year.
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