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Mercedes-Benz invests ~$600 million to produce new ‘compact electric car’

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Mercedes-Benz announced today a new €500 million (~$589 million USD) investment into its Hambach plant in France in order to produce a new ‘compact electric car’ at the factory.

The plant currently manufactures smart cars for Daimler, which are going all-electric, but the new investment is for a new Mercedes-Benz compact EV.


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This is a good thing. I never put any thought to it, but EV smarts alone may not be able to keep the factory at capacity, so the factory will make both smart EQs and MB EQs!
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I have a feeling the next generation smart will be that electric self driving "Uber service" vehicle Dr. Winkler previewed at CES this year.
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This is a good thing. I never put any thought to it, but EV smarts alone may not be able to keep the factory at capacity, so the factory will make both smart EQs and MB EQs!
Why bother with the expense of both brands?
Eliminate smart and just sell MB branded EQ.
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That's what I see coming.
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smart factory in France also making Mercedes hatchback

The smart Hambach factory will also be used to produce the 100% electric Mercedes-Benz compact hatchback EQA alongside the 453 smart EQ fortwo:



https://www.carscoops.com/2018/05/mercedes-benz-eqa-compact-electric-car-will-made-france/


https://electrek.co/2018/05/18/mercedes-benz-invets-500-milion-new-compact-electric-car/

Mercedes-Benz invests $600 million to build EQA compact electric car in France - MercedesBlog
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After the way Mercedes has treated the Smart ED and B250e crowd, I want to see serious commitment from Mercedes before I think about purchasing an electric EQ or Mercedes. Also they way they hyped up their EV in Geneva to only show a re-branded Smart EQ tells me that they are not ready with the EQC.
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Just another... "CAR"... Another Over-Priced MB... ho-hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...<:-((
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I really like the design. I think it will have a greater appeal than the smaller Smart Fortwo ED. I would trade my Passion for this; hopefully it doesn't cost too much.
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