Germany’s automotive Volkswagen will significantly increase its production of electric vehicles in China up to 900,000 units in 2023. The third MEB (German: Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten; English: modular electric-drive toolkit) plant located in Anhui has when a total area of around 500,000m2 is to be powered by green energy from day one.
Anhui plant has been under construction since April 2021 and is scheduled to be completed within 5-6 months, going into operation in the second half of 2023.
Dr. Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said: “Volkswagen Anhui is set to become a global hub for e-mobility innovation and a cornerstone of the Group’s decarbonization strategy. As China is the world’s largest single market for NEV vehicles, we need to strengthen our local competence, and Volkswagen Anhui is a significant part of it. With the plant to be powered by green energy from day one, we are demonstrating our commitment to reducing carbon emissions beyond our fleet.”
The new body shop will cover roughly 141,000m2 and makes up part of the total project area, together covering around 500,000m2. The new plant will incorporate a number of energy saving strategies as part of comprehensive efforts to reduce overall carbon emissions, including the adoption of low energy consumption production equipment. A supplier park for battery and components is also planned for construction in the area.
By 2025, the Wolfsburg-based company wants to sell around 1.5 million new energy vehicles per year in China. Officially, this includes BEVs, PHEVs and FCEVs, but in Volkswagen’s case it is likely to be primarily battery-electric cars.
Last week, Volkswagen Group’s China unit said it has shut a plant it jointly runs with FAW Group in the city of Tianjin, as well as a component factory, due to recent COVID-19 outbreaks there.