Mercedes-Benz has started production of the compact electric vehicle EQB: A few days ago, the first EQB rolled off the production line at the Kecskemet plant in Hungary. Here Daimler produces for the world market. Another production facility in China assembles EQB models for the local market. After the EQA, the EQB is the second all-electric compact car from Mercedes-EQ. At the same time, it will be the first purely electrically powered production vehicle from the Kecskemet plant in Hungary. The vehicles for China are produced in Beijing. The range initially includes the EQB 300 4MATIC with 168 kW and the EQB 350 4MATIC with 215 kW. According to the manufacturer, the ranges according to WLTP are 419 kilometers each. A front-wheel drive and a particularly long-range version are also planned.
Since the start of production in 2012, the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant has steadily increased its importance in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. In addition to digital networking, the strengths of the production network also include direct exchange with the lead plant for the compact cars in Rastatt, Baden-Wurttemberg, according to the manufacturer in a statement.
“Countries that win the competition to invest in electric mobility win the future”
The local auto industry has reached a new milestone with the production of the first Hungarian-made electric cars, according to Hungarian Foreign and Trade Minister Peter Szijjárto. He pointed out that the Land Daimler’s investment in the factory of 50 billion forint (about 137 million euros) with 15 billion forint (about 41 million euros) subsidized. The plant will preserve 4,400 jobs and create hundreds more, he said, adding: “Countries that win the competition to invest in electric mobility win the future.”.
The CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and A-Class combustion models are already being manufactured at the Hungarian plant, including versions with plug-in hybrid drives. As early as 2022, all Mercedes-Benz car and van plants worldwide should produce CO2-neutrally. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemet already started purchasing CO2-neutral electricity in 2020. In order to increase energy efficiency, the entire exterior and interior lighting was also converted to LED lamps.
The battery cells for the Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles are supplied by a global battery production network with factories on three continents. The local production of the battery modules in turn refers to Daimler as a central success factor for the electro-offensive of Mercedes-Benz. The battery systems for the EQA and EQB currently produced in Europe come from the Mercedes-Benz daughter Accumotive in the Saxon Kamenz as well as from the battery factory in the Polish Jawor. Both factories were designed from the beginning of CO2-neutral.
Sources: Daimler – Press Release of 06.09.2021 / Balaton newspaper – production of the first electric car manufactured in Hungary is on
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2 thoughts on “Mercedes-Benz EQB in production now”
The car is likely to be really interesting for many when the big battery comes.
Always this argument with the too small ranges..
I drive in the year Ca. 40TKM, and with the 50 km range of my plug in still 80% of the need, because I only drive the long stages with gasoline / hybrid. So I lie between 1.2 and 7.8l petrol, in section just below 4 l. It is important to the daily (actual) drive needs. The biggest difficulty in the necessary mobility transition is that all still want to have 1000km reserve in the tank.