VW: MEB conversion in Emden on schedule

VW: MEB conversion in Emden on schedule

VW has provided an update on the conversion of its Emden plant to produce MEB electric cars, which began in July 2020. Following the ID.4, VW has now confirmed the other models for Emden - including an electric station wagon. Meanwhile, a new XL press has gone into operation in Zwickau.

In the first half of 2022, the conversion should be completed and volume production of e-vehicles will start - with the ID.4. After the e-SUV, which will also continue to be manufactured in Zwickau for the European markets in parallel, the fully electric series versions of the ID.Vizzion and ID.Space Vizzion showcars will also come off the production line in Emden from 2023 onwards. These are a saloon and the accompanying estate car the size of a Passat. The study of the saloon car was presented in 2018 with a 111 kWh battery (for a range of 650 kilometres according to WLTP), while the study of the estate car shown in 2019 featured the familiar 77 kWh battery.

Incidentally, the Passat and the related Arteon and Arteon Shooting Brake models are to continue to be built in Emden "during a transitional phase lasting several years", but later Emden is to become a pure electric car plant.

Six new production halls and logistics buildings are being built for the production of the E-vehicles. For the production of the MEB Stromer, among other things, an approximately 25,000 square meter body shop was built within ten months (called Hall 19), in which around 450 systems will be used. From there, it goes to the plant's modernized paint shop, which, among other things, was expanded to include a "bi-color hall" - where the roofs, which are optionally painted black, are given their color. A new hall of approximately 60,000 square meters houses the final assembly of the MEB Stromer as well as a battery warehouse.