At the end of last month, the last car with an internal combustion engine came off the assembly line at the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Zwickau (Germany). Now only electric cars will be produced here. ID.3 will start, after which, over time, the range will expand due to new models.
VW began refurbishing the Zwickau factory last year. And on Monday it was announced that preparations had already begun for the transition to the production of electric vehicles at the Emden plant in Germany. According to the schedule, the first electric cars are supposed to get off this conveyor here in 2022.
This will be the first VW factory in Lower Saxony to start production of electric vehicles in large volumes. It is reported that the first model to be released here will be ID.4.
It is expected that this will be a small crossover, the size of a Tesla Model Y, with a range of more than 250 miles (402 km) and a starting price of about $ 40 thousand. For the company, it will also be the first next-generation electric car manufactured in the USA, where it will start production in next year.
The VW plant in Emden will continue to produce Passat and Arteon models over the next “several years,” but ultimately it will completely go over the production of electric vehicles, with a production capacity of up to 300,000 units per year.
As part of the conversion, the company will build a new factory floor with an area of almost 50,000 m2where only electric cars will be assembled. In total, about 1 billion euros will be invested in the modernization of the plant.
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