The VW factory is going all-electric…

Volkswagen is advancing the shift to electric vehicle manufacturing with its Accelerate strategy. The official production launch this week of the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX2 marks the completion of Volkswagen’s successful transformation of its Zwickau plant into a dedicated electric vehicle production plant. The long-established site in West Saxony is the first large-scale facility by a mass manufacturer in the world to switch all production from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles. Six models from the brands Volkswagen, Audi and CUPRA will now be manufactured in Zwickau based on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). Brand The plants in Emden, Hanover and Chattanooga (USA) will be added to the electric vehicle production network this year. The Volkswagen brand has thus laid the foundations for the construction of 1.2 million 100% electric vehicles at its sites in Europe, the United States and China in 2022 on the basis of the MEB. Dr. Christian Vollmer, Volkswagen Board Member responsible for production, said: “Volkswagen will continue to accelerate the pace of electric mobility in 2022 with its Accelerate strategy and the expansion of the model portfolio. “The Zwickau production plant has paved the way for the group to achieve this with six ramp-ups of three brands in just 26 months. “The knowledge and experience gained will help us continue to electrify our production network quickly and efficiently.” Dr. Stefan Loth, Chairman of the Management Board of Volkswagen Saxony, said: “After Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden, we have now converted a second Volkswagen plant in Saxony to the dedicated production of electric vehicles. “The start of the production of the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX marks the successful transformation of the Zwickau plant on the product side, and this year we aim to exceed 180,000 vehicles built by Volkswagen Saxony in 2021.”

Nissan’s ecar unveiled

NISSAN announced this week the release of an all-new compact electric vehicle in European markets. Scheduled to be manufactured at the Renault ElectriCity center in France, the new car will succeed the iconic Nissan Micra as the entry-level vehicle in the Nissan range.
The Europe region is already playing a key role in driving electrification as part of Nissan’s Ambition 2030 vision, with new vehicles and technologies coming soon, including the new Nissan Ariya, a new EV crossover and technology Nissan’s unique e-POWER coming to Europe in the new Qashqai and X-Trail.
Announced today as part of the new Alliance 2030 roadmap, it is designed by Nissan and engineered and manufactured by Renault on the Alliance CMF B-EV platform. This platform allows companies to maintain a unique style for their respective products.
“This all-new model will be engineered by Nissan and engineered and manufactured by Renault using our new common platform, maximizing the use of our Alliance assets while retaining its Nissan character,” said Ashwani Gupta, Chief Executive Officer. General of Nissan.

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