Volkswagen Building First EV-Only Chinese Factory

Volkswagen Building First EV-Only Chinese Factory

Volkswagen says it’s building its first factory in China that will exclusively make electric vehicles.

The automaker says the facility is based in Anting, Shanghai and all the vehicles made there will be based on VW’s modular electric drive kit (MEB) EV construction platform. MEB-based EVs are also being built at the factory in Foshan, south-east China owned and run by the company’s joint venture with state-owned automaker FAW Group.

While Volkswagen already has a substantial presence in the EV-hungry country, this is the first time the automaker’s designated an entire facility solely for manufacture of the vehicles. It says the first car built there will be an SUV in 2020. However, this can only happen once construction begins on the first ever MEB-based vehicle in Zwickau, Germany.

The automaker boasts vehicles based on the platform will offer “dynamic design, additional space, expanded battery capacity, and all-new integrated digital services, while being fully prepared for future autonomous driving implementation”. VW Group chairman Dr Herbert Diess claimed the platform would allow the automaker “to easily produce state-of-the-art EVs for our Chinese customers … we emphasize the importance of the Chinese market for the Volkswagen Group”.



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