Germany-based car maker Daimler has unveiled plans to invest $1bn to expand its Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, US, to start building electric sport-utility vehicles (SUV) from 2020.
The investment in Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant will enable the auto giant to manufacture SUV models for the company’s EQ-branded models at MBUSI (Mercedes-Benz US International). Construction work at the new facility is expected to commence in 2018.
Additionally, the company will set up a battery plant adjacent to the existing passenger - car plant in a bid to ensuring availability of new technology for future generations of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
The development of the new EV (electric vehicle) factory, whose detailed plans are being drawn, as well as battery factory will create approximately 600 additional jobs.
Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, production and supply chain management, said: “We are excited to celebrate 20 years of production in Tuscaloosa by expanding our operations in the region and by bringing our electric initiative to the United States.
“With this one billion dollar investment, we are significantly growing our manufacturing footprint here in Alabama, while sending a clear message to our customers across the U.S. and around the world: Mercedes-Benz will continue to be on the cutting-edge of electric vehicle development and production.”