Mercedes will manufacture its electric car in France
Mercedes has confirmed a news that will delight the employees of the Smart factory in Hambach, Moselle. Indeed, the firm to the star had already revealed that it would produce one of its future electric models and explained more precisely that it would be its compact. The one that will logically be named EQA will see the light of day in 2020 and will come out of French production lines.
Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s CEO at the famous moustache, met Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace and validated work in the factory to build a new generation of vehicles. Currently, the site of Mercedes Hambach produces Smart ForTwo, but his fate will change in the coming years.
Indeed, Smart will become a 100% electric brand by 2020, when Mercedes will launch its sedan EQ series. Mercedes plans to invest 500 million euros to upgrade the Moselle plant. In this way, the German brand ensures the future of a factory that feared to fall into disuse by producing only electricity.
Mercedes and Hambach employees signed the 2020 Pact in 2016, working the latter for 39 hours a week, paid 37 hours, and the manufacturer promised not to make any redundancies until 2020. Thanks to this pact, the site has become very competitive and has, therefore, earned the right to evolve and look to the future with one of the electric models of Mercedes, whose range will be inaugurated at the end of the year with the presentation of the first model, an SUV named EQC.