Mercedes-Benz has now begun production on what they call the “first car plant of the future,” Factory 56.
Making this production facility futuristic is a wide range of modern technologies that are spread across 220,000 square meters (2,368,060.29 sq. ft). With that massive size, Factory 56 is Germany’s third largest building project. Examples of the technologies implemented within the new production process include driverless transport systems, artificial intelligence, and a photovoltaic system on the roof that reduces the plant’s yearly electricity consumption by 5,000MWh.
The ‘Factory 56’ combines three trend-setting features: It is consistently digital and flexible – and it brings the term ‘green production’ to life,” says Markus Schäfe, member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management.
As for what will be built at Factory 56, Daimler says both standard and electric vehicles within the upper and luxury classes will be produced here. This includes the new generation S-Class and the first electric vehicle in the brand EQ “made in Sindelfingen.”
Factory 56 is planned to be up and operational come 2020.