Mercedes-Benz Cars is taking the next step in its electric offensive: The Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant will produce electric vehicles of the new product brand EQ, according to an agreement the company and works council have signed after intensive negotiations.
“The Sindelfingen site plays an important role in the electric offensive of Mercedes-Benz Cars and is being advanced into a competence center for EV of the upper range and luxury class,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management. The new generation of electric vehicles will be based on an architecture developed specifically for battery-electric models, which is scalable in every respect and usable across all models. It is suitable for all model series as well as sub-models, such as SUVs, saloons and coupés. Wheelbase and track are variable.
The agreement between the company and the works council further allocates the production of the next generation E-Class to the Sindelfingen plant. In this context, Sindelfingen will be appointed as lead plant for the S- and E-Class production within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Ergun Lümali, Chairman of the Works Council Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant: “It is very important for the works council and the employees at the site in Sindelfingen to integrate electric vehicles into the series production of conventional vehicles. The agreement is another crucial milestone for the plant´s further developement as a competence centre for innovation and technology. It is also curcial that we were able to secure the production capacity at the site. This agreement ensures the future of the Sindelfingen team, which convinces every day with its performance and its high flexibility.”
Already in 2014, the plant management and works council reached an agreement for competitiveness and future development – the so called future plan. „Regarding to electromobility, we now create new perspectives for the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen and create a future for our traditional site with an age of more than 100 years. With our highly motivated team, we will reach new benchmarks for electric mobility in the upper range and luxury class“, said Michael Bauer, Site Manager Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant.
To further improve workforce flexibility and increase efficiency in production the company and the works council decided to create innovative working schemes. A comprehensive qualification program will prepare employees for the integration of new electric vehicles in series production. In addition, the employment of 125 temporary workers has been prolonged for another year.
Source: Daimler AG