For producing electric vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is planning two plants situated in Sindelfingen, Germany and Hambach, France. The France plant was inaugurated in the year 1997 by then President Jacques Chirac and Federal Chancellor Helmul Kohl. It has more than 800 employees and is currently producing Smart ForTwo. Nonetheless, the French production plant will be receiving an additional €500 million impetus for production of compact electric vehicle under EQ brand. The mentioned money will also be used for construction of new facilities along with new body shop and reshape infrastructure.
Chief of Mercedes-Benz Cars and Chairman of the Board of Management at Daimler AG Dieter Zetsche already had a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elisee Palace. It is confirmed that the foundation stone has already been laid for it. After meeting the President Dieter Zetsche said that the exemplary German-Franco collaboration 20 years back with the production of Smart in French plant. Now they are taking next step in their partnership as it will be the first time in 100 years of their history of Mercedes-Benz is bringing production in France.
The Mercedes-Benz EQ brand is the first step into it by producing in Hambach, France. The preparation for the new model is underway without giving away any specific date for it. Mercedes-Benz EQA Concept was showcased at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It is under company’s aggressive plan of all-electric vehicles under EQ brand. More than 10 cars will be launched by 2022 in every form in including SUVs.