German car company Mercedes-Benz has recently announced that it's starting to produce the EQC electric SUV in the company’s Bremen plant. Meanwhile, Tesla is still deciding between either the Nevada or Fremont factory for the production of its Model Y electric SUVs. Here’s how far ahead Mercedes-Benz is in the electric SUV market compared to Tesla.

According to Electrek, Mercedes-Benz is now taking pre-orders for the EQC as the company produces its first units. The company assured that the EQC will be made with “high production standards,” which would guarantee their quality. The new car is also confirmed to be made by the same production line as the C-Class Saloon, Estate and GLC Coup.

The EQC is the first venture of the company into the electric car industry. Mercedes-Benz’s Markus Schafer said that its Bremen workers are experienced in making cars but are just starting on the electric car technology.

For now, we’ll have to see how Mercedes-Benz fares with this new car, which is expected to be released late 2019 or early 2020.

On the other hand, Tesla has yet to pick which of their factories is going to make the Model Y. The Model Y crossover SUV is another attempt of the company at an SUV after the Model X.

Currently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is looking at the Gigafactory 1 in Nevada and its Fremont plant to make the new car. The company has yet to decide on which one would have the honors. However, Musk noted that they may have to extend the Fremont factory with heavy-duty tents to accommodate the production.

Despite the factory delay, Musk confirmed that the Model Y will still be on time for its previously announced late 2019 release.

The Model Y is marketed towards a larger audience. One of the main charms of the Model Y is its affordability compared to many other SUVs in the market without compromising its quality.

If no delays happen for both Mercedes-Benz and Tesla, prospective car owners would be seeing some electric SUVs around the end of this year.

tesla model y blue suv Pictured: The new Tesla Model Y is seen at its unveiling in Hawthorne, California on March 14, 2019. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Frederic J. Brown