Mercedes-Benz has not started to produce its first electric crossover, as a subsidiary of Daimler Accumotive, which is responsible for the supply of batteries for EQC, is still in the reconstruction phase. By the end of this year the company will double the number of employees to about 1,000 people at the plant in Kamenz, Germany.
This will help to start production of batteries with 2019. If all goes according to plan, Mercedes-Benz will begin production of an electric crossover EQC in the spring of 2019. And the first deliveries will begin in the middle of the same year. This means that the e-tron from Audi, despite rumors of delays, may be ahead of Mercedes EQC with access to the market, because the VW brand has announced that the supply of the electric crossover will begin in early 2019.
Daymlerovskaya “Accumotive GmbH & Co” in Kamenz was launched in 2012 and since then has released more than 200,000 lithium-ion batteries for Mercedes-Benz and Smart. At the moment, after investments in the amount of 500 million euros, the company is building a second production line for batteries. According to Daimler, after the completion of the new facility, Kamenz will become one of the largest and most modern factories for the production of batteries in the world.
The plant is one of eight facilities located around the world, which will contribute to the expansion of electric cars Mercedes, aimed to electrify entire model range by 2022. In total, Daimler plans to offer more than 130 variants of electrified vehicles, more than ten of which will be fully electric cars, covering all segments, from city cars to large SUVs.