Mercedes-Benz will construct its EQA electric hatchback at its Hambach plant in France where the electric Smart is currently made, following an investment of €500 million (about £438m) (Rs 4,000 crore).
The entry-point into the Mercedes’s EQ electric car sub-brand, previewed by the Concept EQA at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, will go on sale in 2020. It will join the larger EQC previewed in concept form at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Set to offer a 249-mile (400km) range and be priced to directly rival the BMW i3, which costs from £34,075 (Rs 31 lakh) in Britain, the EQA will come as part of a 10-car electric line-up due in showrooms by 2022.
Mercedes is pushing to enhance the productivity of its global plant network, with the Hambach site becoming an electric specialist that will help the brand up its EV production numbers without affecting existing supply for petrol and diesel models.
Source: Autocar Professional