The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan has started production at the brand’s Factory 56 facility in Sindelfingen, Germany. This is the same plant that builds the flagship S-Class sedan and all of its variants. Factory 56 is one of Mercedes-Benz’s carbon-neutral facilities and incorporates many measures to keep manufacturing sustainable.
Electricity used in Factory 56 is partially provided by a photovoltaic system, which covers 30 percent of demand. The production line is also optimized for flexibility, allowing it to produce everything from internal combustion vehicles to full battery-electric ones. As a result, the EQS sedan was seamlessly added to the line because its requirements made integrating the required tools easy. That allows Mercedes-Benz to use modular stations and connect different types of powertrains to their respective bodies in the same production line, improving overall efficiency. Mercedes-Benz has also taken advantage of digitalization to improve production flow. The company uses the MO360 digital ecosystem to support the 1,500 workers with their daily tasks at Factory 56.
When it goes on sale in the U.S. later this year, the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS will be available in two flavors. The base model will be EQS 450+, which has a single electric motor rated at 329 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, the dual-motor EQS 580 is good for 516 hp and 611 lb-ft. A high-performance AMG version is also in the cards and is expected to have over 600 hp.