After the production start of the ID. Buzz, German parts locations have started production of key technology parts for the new e-model.
Plants in Braunschweig, Kassel, Salzgitter and Hanover now supply the battery system, electric drive and chassis.
VW says it is the next step in a transformation process started in 2015 that will turn the company into an e-mobility systems provider. Volkswagen Group Components will invest €2.3 billion in the electrification of its German sites until 2026 – more than half of the total investment.
Hanover location to join MEB battery systems manufacturing network
Volkswagen Group Components is responsible for the entire assembly of the front and rear axles of the ID. Buzz and ID. Buzz Freight. In preparation for this change, a new axle assembly line was set up in Barsinghausen: about 200 employees from the nearby component factory in Hanover will assemble the axles for the ID. Buzz there in the future. Meanwhile, Hannover is now starting to produce MEB components. The assembly of the MEB battery system for the ID will take place in 2024. Buzz will follow. This system is currently supplied by the components factory in Braunschweig. Hannover also makes flexible fast charging stations, the hardware needed to create a mobile charging infrastructure for e-vehicles.
Parts locations are evolving into e-mobility system suppliers
The components factory in Kassel has already been converted into a center of expertise for electric drives. This is where the electric drives for the MEB are produced. In addition, it will also develop and manufacture the pulse converter for the Group’s future modular electrical drive matrix. In doing so, it takes responsibility for the ‘brain’ of the electric powertrain. The development and manufacture of battery systems is carried out at the Braunschweig site. The factory in Salzgitter will produce the elementary components rotor and stator for the electric drive of the MEB. The site is also being converted into the European battery hub of the Volkswagen Group. In 2025, the VW group’s first gigafactory will start producing battery cells there.
Thomas Schmall, the member of the board of directors of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for technology and the CEO of Volkswagen Group Components, said: “As one of the pioneers, we have been part of the transformation towards e-mobility since 2015. Today , and Volkswagen Group Components produces key components for virtually all e-models made by the Group – from the CUPRA Born to the ID Fuss The German sites are forerunners of the global rollout at our sites in Europe, China and the United States Our goal is to become a leading global e-mobility system provider.”