VW to build another EV model in Wolfsburg
VW’s main plant in Wolfsburg has been awarded the contract for an additional electric model from 2026. The vehicle is to be an electric compact SUV model.
As part of the investment planning, which was initially postponed in autumn, the decision has now been made to locate the development and construction of an all-electric compact SUV in Wolfsburg. This is to be roughly the size of today’s Tiguan and based on the Group’s more advanced MEB+ modular system. Wolfsburg is also being prepared for an overflow production of the ID.3 from Zwickau.
The new electric model is intended to bridge the gap until the future core model Trinity is ready for launch. The planning of the Trinity was postponed due to problems in software development. It is not yet clear whether the Trinity will be built at the main plant or at a new factory in the Warmenau district of Wolfsburg.
While not much information has been revealed about the upcoming electric SUV, it is not the only MEB+ model that VW has been looking to bring to market in the next few years: The ID.2 is currently rumoured to be in the process of being turned into the ID.Golf for the mass market, to be released in 2025. The German automobile manufacturer is also looking to release another compact electric SUV in the USA positioned under the ID.4, however, this is likely to be a very different vehicle, as it is being designed for the US market.
What all of the upcoming vehicles will look like is likely also under wraps, as VW replaced the head of their design unit just last month, with Andreas Mindt taking over after returning from Bentley. The ongoing semiconductor shortage is also still affected the German car manufacturer, who has been delivering the recent ID vehicles without a heat pump, due to supply chain issues.