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Mercedes expands EV factory options

A third plant has been confirmed to build the forthcoming compact EQ model

Mercedes Benz will build its EQ electric vehicles in at least three plants, after a new announcement confirmed that its factory in Rastatt will join Bremen and Sindelfingen as EV 'centres of competence'.
The announcement also paves the way for further manufacturing sites building electric models under the EQ brand, with additional factories considered outside of Europe depending on market demand.
The Rastatt plant will be responsible for manufacturing a new compact EQ model, expected to be unveiled at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.
Mercedes revealed that just about any factory can deal with the addition of electric models to its production line, as the German giant's sites already build multiple drivetrain types on the same line.
Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, said: "Our Mercedes-Benz car plants in Germany play a decisive role in electric mobility. They are centres of competence for the production of EVs in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"Thanks to highly flexible structures, we are able to integrate electric vehicles in the regular series production in our plants. At the same time, we are increasing our competitiveness with the efficient integration of Industry 4.0 applications. This allows us to benefit from the opportunities of electric mobility, while considerably reducing the required investment."
The announcement is part of an electric offensive from Mercedes Benz, with more than ten new electric cars due by 2022. These will cover all market segments, from the company's citycar brand Smart, to large saloons and SUVs. The first EQ model - the EQC - will roll off the production line at Bremen in 2019.