Volkswagen to make Zwickau vehicle plant Europe’s top-performing electric car factory

Posted: November 17, 2018 by oldbrew in News, Travel
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VW ID. model

VW claims ‘the First complete transformation of a major car factory from internal combustion engines to e-mobility in the world’. All they have to do then is sell the products to a so-far unenthusiastic public, at a rate of about 900 a day. Before you ask: ‘Power supplies at the Zwickau plant were already changed over to 100 percent eco-power in 2017.’ And they waffle about ‘climate protection’ to appeal to wide-eyed planet-savers.

Germany’s biggest carmaker VW has substantiated plans to transform its product line and drastically scale-up the share of electric cars by revealing plans for a major e-car factory in the eastern German city of Zwickau, says CleanEnergyWire.

VW said in a press release it wants to make its Zwickau plant “Europe’s top-performing e-car factory” and assemble up to 330,000 vehicles per year there.

The “CO2-neutral” production of the first electric model called ID is slated for late 2019 and will be “an example for sustainable mobility,” the company says. VW also plans to convert its plants in Emden and Hanover in northern Germany to e-car factories.

“We are moving at full speed into the production of electric vehicles,” said VW board member Gunnar Kilian.

From the press release:

The Volkswagen brand is moving forward with its electric offensive and gradually creating the production capacity needed for building more than 1 million electric cars per year throughout the world from 2025. The Group’s largest and highest-performance electric car plant is currently being created in Zwickau: in future, up to 330,000 electric models per year are to roll off the production line there – more than at any other plant of the Volkswagen Group. As the first high-volume automaker in the world, Volkswagen is therefore converting an entire plant from the internal combustion engine to e-mobility. Currently, the Golf and Golf Estate are produced at Zwickau. At the end of 2019, in slightly more than a year, the production of the ID., Volkswagen’s first electric model based on the new modular electric toolkit (MEB), is due to start at Zwickau. In the final stage of development, six electric models of three Group brands are to be produced at the plant from 2021 onwards.

VW press release

  1. cognog2 says:

    What does 100% eco- power mean?

    Think I’ll stick to my diesel Merc. Good for another 800,000 miles. I expect I will go belly up first.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Eco power is just another vague term for salesmen and other propagandists to throw around when claiming how ‘green’ their product, policy, idea etc. is supposed to be.

  3. JB says:

    Still, just as ugly as the ’64 Karman Ghia I once drove. From the looks of it, just as cramped.

  4. oldbrew says:

    JB: any better? Wheels look big.

  5. ivan says:

    oldbrew the wheels look big because they have to cover up the fact they are using very skinny tyres that are only suitable for use in town and cities and motorways. It helps them to roll along..

  6. Dave Ward says:

    “We are moving at full speed into the production of electric vehicles,”

    After taking a substantial financial hit as a result of the diesel emission testing scandal, this might finish them off…

  7. oldbrew says:

    EV-related pollution ramping up in China. Get rich quick cowboys at work…

    The toxic business of ‘recycling’ China’s electric car batteries leads to pollution and illegal dumping

    Researchers estimate it will cost nearly US$3 million to reverse the damage caused by just one of the illegal plants
    . . .
    Lead smelting can produce toxic fumes that damage the nervous system and bones.
    . . .
    In addition to 250 million electric scooters, China has around 3 million electric cars, most of which will need to have their batteries replaced within the next decade.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Volkswagen Brand hits 30 million deliveries in China; 3 BEVs, 2 PHEVs coming
    20 November 2018

    Together with our joint ventures, we also will step up our efforts with our NEV offensive in 2019—introducing 3 locally-produced battery-electric versions of well-known Volkswagen models. We will also introduce one more locally-produced PHEV and the Touareg PHEV from Volkswagen Import.

    —Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Brand China

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