Volkswagen has now also converted the second production line at the Zwickau plant to the construction of MEB electric cars. The German carmaker converted hall 6 for this purpose within 13 weeks. Series production of the ID.4, which already began in August, will now take place in both Hall 5 and Hall 6.
The German Automobilwoche revealed this opening of the second production line. Zwickau is Volkswagen’s first plant entirely dedicated to the construction of electric cars. In the summer of 2019, Volkswagen converted the first of two assembly lines for the production of the all-electric ID. models in Hall 5 in Zwickau. At the beginning of November 2019, the automotive group started series production of the ID.3 on this line, and since August of this year, the ID.3 has shared the line with the ID.4.
By converting the production line in Hall 6, which was previously used for the Golf Variant, Volkswagen is expanding its production capacity. 13 weeks after the last combustion engine left the assembly line there, the hall is now ready for series production of the ID.4. According to the Automobilwoche, the electric SUV is currently being built on both production lines. A plant spokesman said that they would increase the number of units successively by the end of the year. The ID.4 celebrated its world premiere in September. Initially, only the two optional extras, the ID.4 1ST and the ID.4 1ST Max, will be produced in Zwickau. They are to be delivered this year.
Next year, the ID. models will then be getting more company from electric cars in Zwickau: the Group will make the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Q4 Sportback e-tron and the Cupra el-Born in Zwickau for other group brands. Only Škoda is planning a unique route for its MEB electric Enyaq: the e-SUV is to be built at Škoda’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav from the end of 2020 – on a par with MQB models. According to Automobilwoche, Volkswagen plans to start production of another SUV of the VW brand in Zwickau before late 2021. This is likely to be a spin-off of the ID.4.
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