Mercedes Confirms Rastatt Plant To Produce All-Electric Compact Hatch For 2020

6 months ago by Mark Kane 6

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ

Mercedes-Benz has officially announced that Rastatt will be the third in a series of plants to produce its EQ-branded electric vehicles – after Bremen and Sindelfingen.  All three plants are located in Germany, so not-so-much with the regional diversity.

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ

The Rastatt factory will be engaged in the compact hatchback model (EQ A) that probably will be unveiled in concept version in September – retail deliveries are pegged for 2020.

In Bremen, Mercedes intends to produce an all-electric SUV (EQ C,coming in 2019), and then another two future models are to be produced at Sindelfingen.

Battery packs to be supplied from Deutsche Accumotive in Kamenz, Germany.

Rastatt – Mercedes-Benz is consistently pursuing its electric offensive:

The Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant will produce compact class EQ models in the future. The decision is based on a declaration of intent, which the company has set up with the works council.

Now, together with the sites in Bremen and Sindelfingen, all three German Mercedes-Benz car plants will produce electric vehicles of the product and technology brand EQ.

“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,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

Future EQ models can be integrated in the series production of existing Mercedes-Benz plants on four continents. Already today, thanks to highly flexible structures, our plants can produce vehicles with different drive types on the same line. Which foreign locations will produce further EQ models within the production network will be decided on the basis of market demand.

Mercedes-Benz EQ concept aka EQ C – arriving in 2019

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt is the lead plant in the global production compound for compact cars. Already in 2015, the plant management and works council reached an agreement for competitiveness and future development – the so called future plan  and agreed to produce the next Mercedes-Benz compact car generation in Rastatt.

“With the new declaration of intent, we are shaping our future, thereby creating good prospects for our workforce in the coming age of electric mobility. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt will be the centre of competence for the production of new compact EQ models. In the year of our 25th anniversary, this is great news for our highly motivated workforce,” says Thomas Geier, Site Manager Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant.

Building on the experience gained during the series production of electric vehicles at the location, the workforce is being prepared for the new models and further technological developments with comprehensive training programmes.

Mercedes-Benz EQ concept aka EQ C: arrives in ~24 months

The Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant is running at high capacity utilization, and currently creating the conditions for the production start of the next compact car generation in 2018. This means constructing two new body shops on the site, as well as a training centre. The new training centre is the central facility for training the plant’s workforce, as well as for the employees in the worldwide compact car production compound.

“We are making a decisive step towards digitalization and new technologies. Having met all the requirements, the Rastatt team is ready for the challenges. Together with our ambitious colleagues, we as a works council want to help to shape the change in the automotive industry for electric mobility. We have laid the foundation for this,” says Ullrich Zinnert, Chairman of the Works Council at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant.

Electric offensive at Mercedes-Benz Cars

With the Concept EQ, Mercedes-Benz Cars is presenting a new generation of electric vehicles. More than ten new electric passenger cars are scheduled to be launched by 2022: in all segments from smart to large SUVs.

Ten billion euros will be invested in the expansion of the electric fleet in the next few years. The new electric vehicles will be produced within the global, highly flexible and efficient production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars with plants on four continents.

The first EQ series model – the EQC – will roll off the line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen in the year 2019. In addition to that, luxury-class EQ models will be produced at the plant in Sindelfingen. The company assumes that the proportion of electric vehicles in the total unit sales of Mercedes-Benz will be between 15 and 25 percent by 2025. In addition to traction batteries, ACCUMOTIVE will produce batteries for Mercedes-Benz energy storage units and 48-volt-systems. The pioneering 48-volt on-board power supply is celebrating its premiere in the new generation of the S-Class and will be gradually introduced in various model series.

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6 responses to "Mercedes Confirms Rastatt Plant To Produce All-Electric Compact Hatch For 2020"

  1. acevolt says:

    The Bremen factor has a nice English tour of the plant. It would be interesting to see the ramp up next year.

  2. pjwood1 says:

    There’s got to be a lead time to all these “2020” announcements, for when fast-charging gets a boost if the companies planning intros (Jaguar, Porsche, VW, Mercedes…) are serious. They have to do something (US). The public fast charger development looks to come up quite short (50KW).

    How much worse can a Tesla be and still get picked, because it offers a reasonable way to drive between cities? What good does Porsche’s, “Mission E charges 80%, in 20 minutes” do, when 2018 comes and there’s no chargers, or even credible 800V charger plans made public? If the diesel-gate installs aren’t future-proofed for 800v / ultra-high current, and there’s nothing else, it won’t matter who’s announcing what. All these 2020 announcements will start looking like a bluff.

    1. CLIVE says:

      Ageeed.

      2 1/2 years will be here in no time.

    2. Amperaguy says:

      Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche and Ford have teamed up for high power (up to 350 kW) CCS network in Europe. With help of already widespread and rapidly growing 50 kW network, that should be enough for success of upcoming introductions.

  3. CLIVE says:

    A small HB is what is going to kill it.

  4. notting says:

    “Mercedes-Benz has officially announced that Rastatt will be the third in a series of plants to produce its EQ-branded electric vehicles – after Bremen and Sindelfingen. All three plants are located in Germany, so not-so-much with the regional diversity.”

    What?!
    – Bremen is one of the most northern Daimler factories in Europe (only Hamburg is more northern).
    – Rastatt is one of the most western and southern Daimler factories in Europe (Sindelfingen is just a little bit more southern and there’s only the one in Spain which is more western and southern).

    notting