Volkswagen is investing in further automation at factories that can construct the ID.4 electrical crossover and the manufacturing mannequin that follows the ID Buzz electric-van idea—two fashions destined for the US.
In a Wednesday press launch, VW mentioned it had ordered 1,400 robots for factories in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Emden, Germany, plus 800 robots from Swiss agency ABB for a manufacturing unit in Hanover, Germany. All three factories are scheduled to begin constructing electrical vehicles in 2022.
ID.4 manufacturing has been allotted to the Chattanooga and Emden factories, though the crossover will initially be construct in Zwickau, Germany, alongside the ID.3 hatchback.
The Hanover manufacturing unit will start constructing the ID Buzz in 2022, in line with VW. First proven in idea type on the 2017 Detroit Auto Present, the ID Buzz is a small electrical van with styling impressed by the long-lasting VW Microbus.
“A number of billion euros are to be invested in these vegetation,” VW mentioned. The automaker mentioned it plans to spend 33 billion euros ($38.6 billion at present alternate charges) by 2024 “with a view to turning into the world market chief in e-mobility.”
VW has mentioned it can construct a second electrical mannequin within the U.S., however nonetheless hasn’t said if that mannequin is the ID Buzz, or whether or not it is merely the ID.5 “coupe” model of the ID.4.
The automaker is planning on doing more than just assembly at Chattanooga. In August, it mentioned some engineering work shall be completed there as nicely—together with sturdiness testing of battery packs. VW had already introduced an $800 million growth of manufacturing amenities in November 2019 for electrical vehicles.
It goals to promote 500,000 ID.4 crossovers per yr by 2025. The Chattanooga plant expansion in the U.S. shall be a big a part of that—however the ID.4 may also proceed to be produced at a number of areas globally all through its manufacturing run.
Tesla boasted about its degree of automation for Mannequin 3 initially, however then confessed that too much automation was an issue in Mannequin 3 ramp-up.
Happily, VW has expertise to attract upon from its many factories across the globe.