Emden plant embarks on new era of e-mobility
Emden is to be the first plant in Lower Saxony where large volumes of electric vehicles will be produced. The new all-electric compact SUV ID.4 is to start production there in 2022 and will be followed by other all-electric models later. The production of the Passat sedan and estate, the Arteon and the new Shooting Brake will continue for a transitional period of several years. In the final stage of development, the plant will have a design production capacity of up to 300,000 electric vehicles per year.
The core of the conversion project is the construction of a new factory hall with an area of almost 50,000 square meters where only electric vehicles will be assembled. The paint shop is to be modernized and a new “bi-color hall” with an area of 6,000 square meters is to be constructed for painting vehicle roofs black. “We are proud to be the first plant in Lower Saxony to produce both internal combustion and all-electric models. The workforce is performing outstandingly well.” The Works Council Chairman of the Emden plant, Manfred Wulff, said: Thanks to a concept that is balanced in economic and personnel terms, we will be in a position to thrill customers throughout the world with electric cars from Emden. For the people of East Frisia, it is an honor and an obligation to play a key role in this development which will be so important for the future.
Plant employees were already sensitized to electric vehicles for the production of the Passat GTE. This will start with a one-day sensitization event on the topic of “Changeover to e-mobility” and will be completed with individual training near to the production line. All in all, employees at the plant will have completed far more than 60,000 days of training by the time production starts.
Up to 2024, the brand is investing about €11 billion in e-mobility and is transforming a large number of plants. In Germany, the electric vehicles of the Volkswagen Group are to be produced at Zwickau, Emden, Hanover, Zuffenhausen and Dresden.
Jul 07, 2020 at 03:38