Mercedes Opens Battery Plant in Bibb County, Adding Up to 600 Jobs

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Mercedes-Benz has opened a new electric vehicle battery factory in Bibb County that will create up to 600 new jobs.

The company says the plant in Bibb County opened a few months before it plans to start making two all-electric SUVs at its manufacturing plant in Vance, which is close to Tuscaloosa.

Mercedes says the new battery plant will make cells for the EQS and EQE SUVs, which will be built for sale in the U.S. and for exports.

The automaker says it spent about $1 billion on the battery plant and to upgrade the assembly line in Vance to make electric vehicles.

It is one of six battery factories that the company plans including two in Germany, one each in China and Thailand and one in Poland.

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