The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Luxury Electric SUV Is More American Than You Expect

An exciting new electric SUV from Mercedes-Benz is on the way. The EQS SUV might sound a bit confusing because we have the EQS electric sedan. This new vehicle could be the luxury SUV you want to drive. The Mercedes-Benz name has stood for the height of luxury driving qualities and opulence for generations. Even though this is a European company, the new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is much more American than you might anticipate.

Where is the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV being built?

Did you know there’s been a Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, since 1997? Yes, the same city that brings us the University of Alabama Crimson Tide is also where this luxury automaker has its North American operations. This facility builds nearly all Mercedes-Benz models in the United States, including the EQS sedan. The next model coming from this facility is the new EQS electric luxury SUV.

Where are the batteries made for these luxury electric vehicles?

Mercedes-Benz Alabama Battery Plant
Mercedes-Benz Alabama Battery Plant | Mercedes-Benz

According to Electrek, a nearby battery facility recently opened in Bibb County, Alabama, to supply the batteries for the electric Mercedes-Benz models. Until this new battery facility opened, Mercedes-Benz received batteries for the EQS from another nearby facility that supplied batteries to early models of the Nissan Leaf. This new facility will create 600 new jobs in the area.

The battery production process is carbon-neutral

 Electric vehicle production faces continuous questions about whether the process can be environmentally-friendly. Mercedes-Benz took steps to ensure the battery production process for the EQS SUV and sedan is carbon-neutral. This is a huge step in the right direction and adheres to electric vehicles being much better for the overall environment.

What does EQS stand for with Mercedes-Benz?

The front 3/4 view of a white 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ Premium on a street
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ Premium front 3/4 | Jordan Almond, MotorBiscuit

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While not a direct acronym, EQS stands for Intelligent Electric Mobility. The EQ moniker signifies the electric models from this brand, and the final letter gives us an idea of the size of the vehicle. The EQS sedan is a large electric sedan similar to the S-Class model. The EQS SUV should follow the same path. We also know that the new EQE and EQG electric luxury SUVs are on the way. They should arrive after the new EQS SUV reaches the market.

A cabin made for style and comfort in this electric luxury SUV

Interior Dashboard 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV
Interior Dashboard 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV | Inside EVs

Sometimes, we see the cabin of an electric vehicle, and it looks like something from a hospital room. These models have sterile white hard surfaces everywhere. The first look of the new 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV shows three rows of comfortable seats with inviting materials. According to Engadget, a 56-inch MBUX Hyper screen dominates the dashboard and spans the entire cabin.

Passengers in the EQS SUV can watch a video while the vehicle is moving without distracting the driver. Suppose the onboard cameras detect the driver trying to steal a look at the video playing on the passenger screen. In that case, the display automatically dims to dissuade them from taking their focus off the road.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is built in America, increasing benefits

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV luxury SUV posed
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV | Mercedes-Benz

Keeping battery and vehicle production local makes sense for the automaker, but it also makes sense for consumers. Buying the new Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV or any other electric luxury vehicle from this brand will receive the greatest benefits from the federal government.

According to Fox Business, the tax credit for an electric vehicle built in the United States, with parts sourced here, by a company with union employees receives the most significant tax benefits. This new battery plant allows Mercedes-Benz to check all of these boxes. This increases the tax credit to $12,500 for qualifying electric vehicles.

Does the American Made label make this luxury SUV more attractive?

Mercedes-Benz Battery Plant in Alabama

For years, some consumers only searched for the American Made label and drove domestically built vehicles. Even though that changed with new generations, this label is extremely attractive for consumers ready to drive the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV. These drivers will have a luxury SUV from one of the most highly respected names in the industry. This leads to the benefits of the federal tax incentives for the vehicle manufactured locally. This makes the American Made label more attractive than ever.

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