VW has announced that its new factory in China, dedicated to the production of electric vehicles (EV) based on its Modular Electric Drive system (MEB), has been completed. The plant is part of the joint venture project with China’s SAIC and is located in Anting, near Shanghai.
Full series production in the new factory is planned to commence in October 2020, with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles.
The first phase of pre-production in Anting will start with a China-specific ID. model of the Volkswagen Brand. VW says that in the future, the plant will be manufacturing MEB platform-based BEV models for various Volkswagen Group brands. In total, it is planned to increase the local production in China up to 15 MEB models from different brands by 2025.
“The Volkswagen Group projects a total volume of 22 million all-electric cars worldwide by 2028, with more than 50 percent of that from China. The country plays a crucial part in our electrification strategy, which will pave the way to Volkswagen’s goal of becoming net carbon-neutral by 2050”, said Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG. “Together with the start of MEB production, we will launch the Volkswagen ID. family in China as well, a brand-new generation of fully electric and connected vehicles.”