VW ID.5 in series production

Volkswagen is driving forward the shift to electric vehicle manu­facturing with its Accelerate strategy. The official start of pro­duction of the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX marks the completion of Volkswagen’s successful trans­formation of its Zwickau plant into a dedicated electric vehicle production facility.

The long-es­tablished site in western Saxony is the first large-scale facility of any volume manufacturer world­wide to switch over all production from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. Six models from the Volkswagen, Audi and CUPRA brands will now be manufactured in Zwickau based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB).

The plants in Emden (ID.4), Hanover (ID. Buzz) and Chattanooga (US, ID.4) will be added to the electric vehicle production network this year. The Volkswagen brand has thus laid the foundations for building 1.2 million all-electric-vehicles at its sites in Europe, the US and China in 2022 based on the MEB.

Dr Christian Vollmer, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Brand responsible for Production, said: “Volk­swagen will continue to increase the pace of e-mobility in 2022 with its Accelerate strategy and the expansion of the model portfolio. The Zwickau produc­tion plant has paved the way for the Group to do this with six ramp-ups from three brands in just 26 months. The knowledge and experience gained will help us to continue to electrify our production network quickly and efficiently.”

Dr Stefan Loth, Chairman of the Board of Volkswagen Saxony, said: “After Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden, we have now converted a second Volkswagen factory in Saxony to dedicated electric ve­hicle production. The start of production of the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX marks the successful trans­formation of the Zwickau plant on the product side. Our focus now – depending on how the semiconductor situation pans out – will be on achieving full capac­ity. This year we aim to exceed the 180,000 vehicles Volkswagen Sa­xony built in 2021.”

Jens Rothe, chairman of the General Works Council at Volk­swagen Saxony, said: “Switching over to electric vehicle produc­tion was exactly the right decision for the Zwickau plant. Demand for our models is booming, and our team’s jobs will be safe for years to come. We are a trail­blazer of change and have repaid the Group’s trust in us. This is first and foremost a fantastic achiev­ement by our workforce.”

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