Before the whole dieselgate debacle, Volkswagen wasn’t too interested in automotive electrification. Now the German automaker is aiming to produce up to 500,000 EV battery packs per year for the MEB platform at its Braunschweig plant.
Said facility is Volkswagen’s oldest plant, established in 1938. Electrek
says it specializes in battery systems steering systems for autonomous vehicles, and suspension components. Now battery modules and packs will be added their list.
An agreement was struck and the announcement was made on site with the Management Board, plant management and works council. “The Volkswagen brand is doing its utmost to develop and produce the electric cars of the future in Germany. The battery system is an elementary part of the value chain – and we bundle the expertise for this important technology for the whole of Europe in Braunschweig.”
Speaking of development, VW has even poached Tesla’s Matthew Renna, a senior engineer that was in charge of the Model S and Model X programs. Now he’s the Vice President of Volkswagen North American Region (NAR)-G4 team, helping to bring the new MEB platform to market.
Of course this won’t happen overnight. We’re expecting the first few packs to roll off their production line around 2020 when VW is planning to release their I.D. line of electric vehicles. If the VW Golf ever goes electric, this is where its battery pack will come from.