Volkswagen China has officially announced today the start of pre-production of its first Electronic Vehicles in Anting, Shanghai together with SAIC motor’s VW. It is expected to be the first mass production site for E-cars based on VW’s Modular Electric drive kit (MEB)
The first phase of pre-production in Anting starts now with a China-specific ID. model of the Volkswagen Brand, just after the pre-production of the e-cars began manufacturing this year in Zwickau, Germany,. However, the full series production in the new Anting factory is planned to commence in October 2020, with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles.
The Volkswagens MEB platform is the a modular car platform developed by Volkswagen and its subsidiaries for electric cars. The models of the future I.D. family are currently being developed on the basis of the new Modular electric drive matrix (MEB).
This new joint venture of FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC are scaling up their cooperation in the area of digitalization and connectivity. The facility comes equipped with over 1400 Industry 4.0 standard robots, as well as a range of technologies including AI, AR and VR. Anting factory sets a new benchmark for green and smart factories by utilizing 27 types of environmentally-friendly technologies with a focus on water preservation, energy saving and carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) reduction, turning the factory into a veritable “Green Field Factory”
Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG siad, “The Volkswagen Group projects a total volume of 22 million all-electric cars worldwide by 2028, with more than 50 percent of that from China. The country plays a crucial part in our electrification strategy, which will pave the way to Volkswagen’s goal of becoming net carbon-neutral by 2050”, also added, “Together with the start of MEB production, we will launch the Volkswagen ID. family in China as well, a brand-new generation of fully electric and connected vehicles.”
Volkswagen plans to operate eight MEB plants for the next generation of electric vehicles by 2022 and will have plants on three continents namely Europe, Asia and US where vehicles based on the new Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) will be built.