Mobility of the future
E-mobility is the drive system of the future. Volkswagen is consistently forging ahead with technological change, as the automaker who will take the electric car out of its niche. The Volkswagen brand has always been committed to making progress and innovation affordable for many people. “That was the case with the Beetle, it is still the case with the Golf and it will remain the case for the fully connected electric vehicles in the new ID. family,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member responsible for E-Mobility. The mission is e-mobility for everyone – with attractive models at affordable prices. Over the next few years, Volkswagen will be launching the largest electric offensive in the automobile industry. By 2025 at the latest, the brand intends to sell more than 1 million electric vehicles per year throughout the world. “We will pave the way for the breakthrough of e-mobility,” says Thomas Ulbrich.
100 % electric
The modular electric toolkit (MEB) is the technological backbone of the electric offensive – this is a full-electric, modular technology platform for mass-produced electric vehicles. “With this platform, we will be exploiting the possibilities of electric cars at the same time as generating enormous economies of scale,” says Ulbrich. All the models in the ID. family will therefore be full-electric vehicles. Volkswagen is also forcing the pace with production: right from the outset, the ID. family is to be produced at specially equipped plants. Zwickau is being converted into the largest, highest-performance electric car plant in Europe. In future, up to 330,000 electric cars per year will roll off the assembly lines here – more than at any other Volkswagen Group plant. The production of the compact ID., the world’s first MEB vehicle, is to start at the end of 2019. Other MEB plants are being created in Europe, China and North America.
New era in production
Volkswagen has decades of experience in production. The Volkswagen brand alone produces more than 100,000 vehicles per week with outstanding production quality. Over the past few years, we have successfully completed the start of production of more than 200 models throughout the world. In brief, Volkswagen can “do” mass production. We are now using this know-how for the production of the new electric car.
The ID* will also herald a new era in production. Production will become more intelligent, more efficient and more flexible. In future, six different models from three Group brands will roll off the assembly lines in Zwickau – an entirely new dimension in flexibility. Volkswagen is also committed to sustainable, green production. At Zwickau, production of the ID. will be entirely carbon-neutral. “The start of production of the ID. in a year’s time will herald a new era for Volkswagen,” says Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member responsible for E-Mobility. “We wanted to take e-mobility out of its niche and to make the electric car affordable for millions of people. As the first MEB plant in the world, Zwickau will play a pioneering role for this future-oriented technology.“