Volkswagen Prepares for I.D.-Range Production With An Updated All-Electric Facility
The automaker is set to drop the buzz on all other carmakers out there!by Sidd Dhimaan, on
Every automaker is in the race to become the leader of the new revolution in the auto world known as electrification. While some are inculcating this into their current infrastructure, Volkswagen has gone a step ahead and is set to have an all-electric plant in Germany. Given how the Dieselgate scandal turned out for VAG, will this help them save face and reclaim the lost trust amongst its customers?
Heart Of The Matter
Volkswagen is converting its Zwickau plant in Germany to a fully-electric facility by sometime by mid-2020. VW is spending an estimated €1 Billion for the whole process to take place.
Several models from VW’s I.D. vehicle range will be manufactured there, and the company aims to shoot this number up to 100,000 EVs annually by 2020.
The cars will be based on the company’s new MEB platform for EVs, and will be available in all shapes and sizes, including hatchbacks, crossovers, and small vans. Given how the demand for EVs in rising by the day, it is only logical for Volkswagen to go berserk with this idea.
What Do They Have To Say?
Warning the world of the automaker’s major overhaul, Volkswagen’s E-mobility board member, Thomas Ulbrich, told Handelsblatt in an interview, “ By mid-2020, we will be converting the entire current plant in Zwickau, from 100 percent [gas] today to 100 percent electric cars. Zwickau is, if you like, only the tip of the iceberg. Our mission is nothing less than the transformation of the Group-wide production network towards e-mobility. We speak about 16 locations worldwide – and that’s within just three years.”
It sounds like VW is dead serious to undo its tainted reputation from the Dieselgate fiasco, and has warned the world of what to expect from them in the near future.
Given how Tesla is struggling to deliver cars on time, VW’s onslaught will only prove to be a nightmare unless Musk does something about it. Can Volkswagen get the upper hand here and become the market leader a few years down the line? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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