Volkswagen to Build Plant for First Carbon Neutral Car

Volkswagen has committed to build a new €2Bn ($2.24Bn) factory to build its first net carbon neutral vehicle.

Its proposed concept Trinity electric model will be constructed at the new facility close to the main plant in Wolfsburg. Construction work in the Warmenau district of Wolfsburg is to begin as early as spring 2023 and will take account of building and environmental law to meet high environmental standards.

The Trinity model is expected to roll off the assembly line from 2026 and its construction plant will become a model for the gradual transformation of production at the main Wolfsburg plant along with all other Volkswagen manufacturing sites worldwide. The Trinity project is the future direction for the automaker’s all-electric fleet and a key target in the point for the brand’s Accelerate strategy hoping to achieve a much shorter charging time and a range of around 450 miles.

It expects to be net carbon-neutral and capable of Level 4 autonomous driving and use the Group’s new SSP platform. Over its lifetime, more than 40 million vehicles are projected on this basis aimed at the mass market.

Dr Christian Vollmer, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for production, commented: “We are focusing on innovative and sustainable manufacturing concepts. Building a new factory in Warmenau also gives us the opportunity to make the existing factory fit for the future, step-by-step and from top to bottom. Trinity stands for a completely new kind of thinking, production, collaboration. It takes courage to shape the future. This is how Wolfsburg will become the yardstick for innovative production concepts – for Volkswagen and the entire industry.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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