Mercedes-Benz Just Started Cranking Out Its First EV SUVs

Follow along as we offer details into Mercedes’ Alabama facility that will be producing its first sport-utility EV—the Mercedes EQS SUV.
Written by Jason Crosby
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
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model should make any car enthusiast interested—if not downright excited. But an all-new EV model, that’s going to be available in the U.S.? Even better. You heard correctly: Mercedes is firing up its Alabama facility to start cranking out the first models of its EQS SUV. So what’s the scoop on this facility’s production goals, and what can we expect from Mercedes’ first-ever EV? 
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The site of the Mercedes EQS SUV production facility 

explains, the Mercedes EQS SUV has luck on its side. At the Tuscaloosa, Alabama facility, the EQS SUV won’t face the delays that other Mercedes EVs have experienced. 
That’s because Mercedes has employed some real strategy to ensure their launch goes swimmingly. They've already secured battery materials, by partnering with the Canadian government. With those materials, Mercedes plans to produce its batteries locally, at a site in Bibb County, Alabama.
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What do we know about the Mercedes EQS SUV?

Earlier released details on the EQS SUV revealed that its battery range should rival the Mustang Mach-E at around 300 miles or more.
also reports that the EQS SUV will have 355 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque for the rear-drive EQS SUV, and a far more hefty 536 hp and 633 lb-ft of torque in their EQS 580 4Matic SUV. 
Engadget expects the Mercedes EQS to have a 0-60 mph acceleration time between 3.9-5.6 seconds. There’s certainly a lot of pressure for Mercedes to perform well in the luxury market, especially against
Tesla’s more established Model Y
MORE: Mercedes-Benz Is Going Full Electric With EQS 

Will the Mercedes EQS SUV qualify for the new EV tax credits?

It might—the Mercedes EQS SUV SUV checks most of the boxes. It’s made with parts from North America, and Mercedes isn’t out of tax credits on its vehicles. 
But there’s a hold-up. Mercedes hasn’t actually released any of the pricing information about the EQS SUV, so we don’t know if buyers will receive any tax credit. Right now, current restrictions mandate that qualified EVs can only cost up to $80,000, and this is
an electric Mercedes-Benz

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