Volkswagen expands production of EVs with upgraded facility in Germany

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Volkswagen is taking significant strides in electrifying its efforts in electric mobility. Recently, the German automotive brand announced that it has upgraded its facility in Emden, Germany to expand the production of its electrified models.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How much did Volkswagen invest in expanding the Emden site?

    According to the German carmaker, it has invested around one million euro to upgrade its Emden facility.
  • How many units is Volkswagen looking to produce at the Emden site per day?

    Per Volkswagen, it is looking to hit a production target of 800 units per day.
  • VW’s new Emden plant will build the all-electric ID.4 and will join the marque’s Anting and Foshan plants in China as well as its US factories in Hanover and Chattanooga in bolstering the company’s network of facilities that will help Volkswagen achieve its goals in building its fleet of EVs.

    “Rapid expansion of production capacities for our successful ID.4 model is a key component of our Accelerate strategy. It helps us accelerate the transformation to zero-carbon mobility and create further capacities to meet the high demand for electric vehicles. With our clear commitment to the site, we aim to show that cost-effectiveness and competitiveness are not only possible in the region, but that we can even enhance them lastingly,” said Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter.

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    According to Volkswagen, it has invested around €1 million to convert the Emden plant, with its 8,000 employees, into a high-tech site for electric mobility in Lower Saxony. In addition, Volkswagen said that it will invest a total of €21 billion in Lower Saxony up to 2026 and make the federal state Germany’s center for electric mobility. On that note, VW’s Emden plant will also be building the Volkswagen Aero B sedan.

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    New features of the updated Emden facility include six new production halls as well as five new conveyor bridges and logistics buildings.

    Volkswagen also trained its employees who will be manning the lines at the new Emden site. Per the German car brand, more than 400 employees from Emden have been assigned to Zwickau since early 2020 in order to prepare for producing electric vehicles. The employees also shared relevant knowledge and experience with Volkswagen’s Zwickau site.

    Emden’s maximum production capacity at the end of 2022 will be 800 units per working day, depending on the supply situation.

    “Start of production of the first all-electric model at the site is an unparalleled milestone for the whole Emden team. We have prepared intensively to make the ID.4 in the past two years and have eagerly awaited this day. Seeing the ID.4 now come off the line in Emden fills us with pride. We’re proud that Emden is doing its bit to accelerate Volkswagen’s electrification strategy. With this magnificent team performance, we will continue and grow our long and successful tradition of production here,” said Emden Plant Manager Uwe Schwartz.

    Photos from Volkswagen

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