Mercedes Benz will spent $1 billion to expand its facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where it will start production of electric cars and SUV’s, while a new battery plant will be constructed to help power them. MB said the investment will “created more than 600 new jobs in the region.”
Final details of the plan are still being worked on in partnership with the State of Alabama.
“With this one billion dollar investment, we are significantly growing our manufacturing footprint here in Alabama, while sending a clear message to our customers across the U.S. and around the world: Mercedes-Benz will continue to be on the cutting-edge of electric vehicle development and production,” said Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.
The plant in Tuscaloosa provides worldwide clients with the SUV models GLE, GLS and GLE Coupe.
Mitsubishi will unveil an all-new flagship concept car, the e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT, at the Tokyo auto show next month. This “very high performance” car will be 4WD with an electric powertrain and advanced Artificial Intelligence technology under a low slung aerodynamic SUV Coupe shape, the company said. Mitsubishi is now a part of the Renault/Nissan alliance and has signed a new P.R. agency to raise its visibility here in the U.S.
Adult motor vehicle drivers and passengers in America’s most rural counties have motor-vehicle death rates 3 to 10 times higher than those in the most urban counties, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control.
Overall, the study found lower seat belt use, higher death rates, and a higher proportion of drivers and passengers who were not buckled up.
“We know seat belts save lives,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “These findings remind us that no matter what kind of road you are traveling on, it is important for everyone to buckle up every time on every trip.”
The proportion of drivers and passengers who were not buckled up at the time of a fatal crash was 44.4 percent in the most urban counties, compared with 61.3 percent in the most rural counties.
Hyundai has added 100 vehicle charging stations for employees at its new headquarters in Fountain Valley, Calif. It says may be able to commute without using a drop of gas.