The plant that Mercedes-Benz owns in Vitoria will host a new electric model thanks to a reorganization of all its factories in Europe.
The Mercedes-Benz factory in Vitoria will host the production of a new fully electric model. This is still a complete mystery since the company has only detailed that it will be based on the new VAN.EA platform. This attribution has come from a reorganization of its entire European industry, where a new member has been added in Poland.
With this step, Mercedes-Benz Vans seeks to direct its entire electric van industry toward the new platform. This supposes the arrival of substantial changes to the German factories of Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, as well as that of Vitoria, Spain. For now, some of them are still subject to collective bargaining, especially for cases in which labor will be subtracted or relocated.
In the case of the plant in Spain, it will expand its current catalog to include an additional model. Its current product portfolio includes the Mercedes V-Class, the Mercedes EQV, the Mercedes Vito, and the eVito Tourer. It is only known about the new vehicle that it will be based on the aforementioned VAN.EA platform for electric vans will have a medium size and will arrive in the middle of this same decade.
A few months before the aforementioned start of production, all the details of this platform will be announced together with the first model it supports. The VAN.EA will be the basis for all medium and large electric vans that Mercedes-Benz will market in the coming years.
The reorganization of van factories in Europe has resulted in a new member located in Jawor, Poland. In its facilities, until now, mechanical elements and components of all kinds were produced. Starting in the year 2025, this place will receive a new division for the production of electric vans, for which they will build a new building next to the existing ones.
In the initial plans, Mercedes-Benz already had a Polish plant for the production of electric vans next to Rivian. In the last few hours, it has been revealed that this project has been put on hold due to “the constant reprioritization of Rivian projects”, according to the German firm.
The German factories, in the case of Düsseldorf, will continue to produce the current generation of the Mercedes Sprinter and eSprinter. As of the second half of 2023, it will also begin to operate with its generational renewal. Additionally, it will also later have large models supported on the VAN.EA platform.
Ludwigsfelde, for its part, will continue to assemble the current Mercedes Sprinter and from 2024 it will also produce the new generation of the eSprinter. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans will have these facilities as a competence center for the customization of electric vans.