Mar 8, 2023 - 11:17 am
Mini to launch two electric Mini models in 2024
Mini has revealed more details about its future electric models. The new Countryman is scheduled for launch in February 2024. In the summer of that same year, the new electric hatch, now named Cooper, will follow suit, as an EV first.
Mar 1, 2023 - 12:05 pm
Leipzig BMW plant prepares to produce the Mini
At the end of this year, the electric Mini Countryman is scheduled to roll off the production line at the BMW plant in Leipzig. According to the car manufacturer, preparations there are in full swing. The production of components is also being expanded at the plant.
Feb 16, 2023 - 02:33 pm
Infineon confirms German chip plant with record investment
Infineon has confirmed that it is moving ahead with a new plant in Dresden, Germany, to expand its chip manufacturing capacity. The supplier is still seeking public funding of around one billion euros yet plans to five billion in the plant – the largest single investment in Infineon’s history.
Dec 14, 2022 - 12:04 pm
Mercedes has decided on drive production system
On the way to a purely electric vehicle range by the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz has now made important decisions for drive production. This means that it has been decided in which plants the drive units and battery systems will be assembled.
Dec 20, 2021 - 02:48 pm
Porsche plans two new electric models made in Leipzig
Porsche is apparently planning a successor to its all-electric Panamera along with another electric model. These two models and the successor to the all-electric Macan are to be built at the carmaker’s Leipzig plant where Porsche is hiring additional personnel.
Nov 15, 2021 - 05:15 pm
Volkswagen halts production due to chip shortage
At Volkswagen Saxony, the assembly lines are at a standstill this week. Due to a lack of semiconductors, about 5,000 vehicles will not be built in Zwickau and Dresden. This includes vehicles from the VW brand, but also Audi and Cupra.
Sep 8, 2021 - 02:46 pm
Alstom debuts battery-electric train in Germany
A battery-electric train by Alstom has completed its maiden voyage on a rail route in Saxony, Germany. The prototype train developed together with TU Berlin started on a roundtrip in the city of Chemnitz. Electric trains of this type are scheduled to go into passenger service from December 2021.
Jul 5, 2021 - 12:34 pm
Blackstone aims for 500 MWh production capacity in 2022
Blackstone Technology, the German subsidiary of the Swiss commodities company Blackstone Resources, wants to increase its annual production capacity at the Döbeln site tenfold – from currently 50 MWh to around 500 MWh in the coming year.
Jun 7, 2021 - 02:02 pm
Bosch opens the doors for new factory in Dresden
On Monday, Bosch commissioned its new semiconductor factory in Dresden, the construction of which the automotive supplier had begun in 2018. In future, Bosch wants to manufacture chips there on 300-millimetre wafers for the automotive industry, among others.
May 5, 2021 - 04:24 pm
Volkswagen’s Emden factory on time for BEV production
VW has provided an update on the conversion of the Emden plant for the production of MEB electric cars, which started in July 2020. Completion is scheduled for the first half of 2022, with EV volume production to begin with the ID.4. VW has also confirmed other models, including an electric estate.
Apr 30, 2021 - 11:30 am
BMW to launch battery production in Leipzig
The BMW Group is starting production of battery components at its Leipzig and Regensburg plants. On 3 May 2021, the series production of battery modules will start in Leipzig. The Regensburg plant already began painting battery cells for high-voltage batteries in April.
Mar 23, 2021 - 12:09 pm
Audi launches serial production of the Q4 e-tron
Audi has started production of the Audi Q4 e-tron at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau. The production model is to be fully unveiled in mid-April, with deliveries in the European markets then scheduled to start in summer 2021.
Mar 8, 2021 - 05:37 pm
Bosch automates production of silicon wafers
In its new semiconductor plant in Dresden, Bosch has produced silicon wafers in a fully automated process for the first time. The successful test run is considered a decisive step towards the start of production, which the company plans for the end of 2021.
Feb 23, 2021 - 01:48 pm
Blackstone announces LFP production ready by summer
Blackstone Technology, the German subsidiary of Swiss-based Blackstone Resources, has unveiled a new lithium-ion battery cell based on LFP technology, manufactured using an in-house patented 3D printing technology, which is expected to enter volume production this summer.
Feb 16, 2021 - 12:15 pm
Pre-series VW ID.5 production kicks-off in Germany
It has been an open secret for some time that VW would soon be launching a coupé offshoot of the ID.4, the ID.5, after the ID.3 and VW ID.4. Now VW brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter has confirmed that the coupé SUV, which will also be built in Zwickau, will be launched in the second half […]
Jan 29, 2021 - 03:48 pm
Serial production of the VW ID.3 kicks off in Germany
VW’s Transparent Factory in Dresden has started series production of the ID.3. This makes it the second production site in Saxony for the electric model after Zwickau. However, the number of units produced at the Dresden MEB plant is manageable.
Jan 14, 2021 - 04:27 pm
Audi tests grid-optimised charging with e-tron models
Together with the company GISA and other partners, Audi has tested grid-serving charging in the German city of Chemnitz. Specifically, the participants created an overload scenario in the local power grid and tested the use of a smartmeter gateway.
Nov 19, 2020 - 12:36 pm
BMW puts 400 million euros into Munich plant
BMW announced that it would invest 400 million euros in a new vehicle assembly line for its main plant in Munich as they gear up for electric car production. For this, the company’s combustion engine production will have to make way.
Nov 10, 2020 - 02:53 pm
VW electric cars now rolling off two lines in Zwickau
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.
Oct 13, 2020 - 01:07 pm
Dräxlmaier tops out new battery plant in Leipzig
Automotive supplier Dräxlmaier celebrated the topping-out of a new plant for the production of high-voltage battery systems in Leipzig on Monday. The battery systems intended for the electric Macan will roll off the Porsche assembly line at Leipzig.
Sep 23, 2020 - 04:17 pm
BMW to launch battery module mass production in 2021
BMW is now again expanding battery production in Germany. After BMW opened an e-drive competence centre in Germany and a battery centre in China at BMW Brilliance Automotive in the summer, the BMW plant in Leipzig will now be building battery modules from 2021.
Aug 26, 2020 - 12:34 pm
BMW expands i3 production while VW looks to the e-Golf
In Germany, the increased purchase premium is boosting demand for electric cars. BMW and VW have now responded by expanding production of the i3 in Leipzig, while the VW e-Golf will continue to be built in Dresden until Christmas, contrary to initial plans.
Jul 16, 2020 - 04:37 pm
VW adds charging stations to Transparent Factory site
Volkswagen’s so-called Transparent Factory in Dresden has expanded its car park charging infrastructure with 32 additional charging stations. The facility and showcase visitor centre now has 64 charging stations in operation, 36 of which are open to the public.
Jul 7, 2020 - 02:33 pm
Porsche builds body shop for the E-Macan in Leipzig
The conversion of the Porsche plant in Leipzig for the production of the third generation of the now also electric Macan is on schedule despite the Corona crisis. The new body shop for Porsche’s latest e-SUV has now been completed from the outside.
Jun 22, 2020 - 05:16 pm
VW testing first ID.3 electric cars with 150 employees
VW has started the employee fleet for the ID.3 at the vehicle plant in Zwickau, Germany. The first electric cars have now been handed over to test drivers from Zwickau for a stress test in everyday life. In terms of software, however, the test vehicles do not yet correspond to the targeted series status.
Jun 12, 2020 - 03:00 pm
BMW stops making the i8 super hybrid for good
The last i8 to be made left the Leipzig BMW plant on Thursday. Production of the PHEV was actually supposed to end in mid-April. But since the factory was shut down because of the coronavirus crisis, the end of production was postponed to June.
May 14, 2020 - 04:35 pm
VW opens their first ID. Store in Germany
Volkswagen has opened their first ID. Store in Dresden. The flexible ID. Stores are designed to give interested parties the opportunity to find out more about ID.3 and all about e-mobility at Volkswagen. But a pop-up concept is also planned.