Volkswagen invests €460 million to convert plant to all-electric

Companies & MarketsNews
December 19, 2022

December 19, 2022

Volkswagen has announced that it intends to make an initial investment of approximately €460 million to convert the main factory at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, to all-electric vehicle production. This is investment is said to be primarily earmarked for preparations to produce the company’s newest compact electric car.

The first step towards the factory’s electrification involves re-equipping the site for the ID.301, which will be in partial production at Wolfsburg and Zwickau and is slated to begin leaving assembly lines in 2023, with full production slated from 2024. Ramp-up is due for completion by the end of 2025.

The necessary training measures for the workforce are currently being prepared. Following the ramp-up of the ID.301, another all-electric model for the SUV segment is to boost Wolfsburg’s utilisation for EV production over the long term. The technical basis for the new model is the Modular Electric Drive System (MEB). Volkswagen’s e-car platform is to undergo substantial further development as the MEB+ in an effort to become more efficient.

This will be followed by a further addition to the Wolfsburg site: the Trinity vehicle project, based on the future group-wide Scalable Systems Platform (SSP). By the end of 2033 at the latest, the Volkswagen brand expects to build only electric cars in Wolfsburg (as in all of its other European factories).

“Volkswagen stands for electromobility for everyone. And Wolfsburg will be part of this success story,” stated Thomas Schäfer, CEO of the Volkswagen brand and Group Board Member for the Volume brand group. “Here at our main plant alone, we will be investing some €460 million by the beginning of 2025, getting the factory ready for the MEB. The ID.301 ramp-up is the first important step towards the electrification of our main plant. At the same time, we are working closely with the Works Council to bring a further electric model based on the MEB+ to Wolfsburg – this will be a high-volume model for the booming SUV segment. With these strong decisions and investments, we intend to bolster the competitiveness of this factory further and give the workforce a concrete long-term perspective.”

The MEB+ platform is expected to enable faster charging speeds and longer ranges. Volkswagen plans to use the highly standardised unified cell manufactured at the group’s own cell factory in Salzgitter (start of production in 2025) in the system.

www.volkswagenag.com

Companies & MarketsNews
December 19, 2022

In the latest issue of PM Review…

Download PDF

Extensive Powder Metallurgy industry news coverage, and the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

  • Phoenix Sintered Metals: A story of transformation, growth and community from America’s PM heartland
  • World PM2024 Yokohama: The stage is set for the PM industry to find a path to sustainable growth
  • The state of Europe’s hard magnets industry and the challenge of optimising the mass production of Nd2Fe14B permanent magnets

The latest news from the world of metal powders, delivered to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of PM Review, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Join our community

Discover our magazine archive…

The free-to-access PM Review magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of Powder Metallurgy from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading PM part manufacturers, metal powder manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

 

Browse the archive

 

Looking for PM production equipment, metal powders, R&D support and more?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our
advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of PM Review magazine.

  • Powders & materials
  • Powder process, classification & analysis
  • PM products
  • Atomisers & powder production technology
  • Compaction presses, tooling & ancillaries
  • Sintering equipment & ancillaries
  • Post-processing
  • Consulting & toll sintering
View online
Share via
Copy link