Volkswagen EV plant ramping up for late-year production

Zwickau plant will start ID.3 production in 2019; produce only EVs by 2021

Published: May 11, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: May 18, 2019, 1:47 AM

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3 production is ramping up nicely, with more than 200 pre-production vehicles already manufactured as the plant at Zwickau prepares to start production by the end of 2019 on its way to 1,500 EVs per day by the end of 2020.

Volkswagen Zwickau pre-production tour

“It’s my firm conviction that Germany as an automotive location must also lead the way when it comes to electric mobility,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group. “That’s why we’re deliberately converting the Zwickau plant into the largest and most efficient e-car site in Europe. It’s impressive to see what efforts the team is making to help achieve that transformation. Zwickau can become a model for transformation in our industry.”

Expected to have a capacity of 330,000 vehicles per year, the plant will become the largest and most efficient e-car plant in Europe, making only electric vehicles by the end of 2020. All vehicles coming out of the plant will be based on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB).

Volkswagen ID.3 unveiling

“The transformation to electric mobility is a huge task for Volkswagen, Volkswagen Sachsen and its workforce. We’ve successfully accomplished the first phase of that,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand responsible for E-Mobility. “Around half of the 1,500 new robots for body construction are already in operation. The paint shop is currently being expanded and we’ll commence conversion of the first line in final assembly as planned in summer (2019).”

In order to facilitate testing and development of product at the plant, Volkswagen is also expanding the charging infrastructure around the town of Zwickau from the current 36 to 180 over the coming 18 months.

Volkswagen Zwickau pre-production tour

Volkswagen’s electric vehicles will also be coming off the line at Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden.