INTERNATIONAL – Volkswagen planned to build 10 million electric cars based on its new modular MEB platform, the German carmaker said on Monday, as it targeted the launch of worldwide mass production towards the end of 2022.
VW will build 27 models for four group brands based on the MEB – or modular electrification kit – starting with the VW ID model that will begin rolling off the production line at its plant in Zwickau, Germany, late next year.
After the diesel emissions scandal broke three years ago, VW unveiled an ambitious plan to become a world leader in green transport. It plans to invest €6 billion (R105bn) in e-car production, of which €1.3bn will be invested in its German plants at Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Kassel.
“In the first wave alone, around 10 million VW group cars will be based on this platform,” the company’s head of electric mobility, Thomas Ulbrich, said in a presentation in Dresden.
The company did not give a timeline for the forecast, but stood by its existing target of selling 3 million units per year by 2025 of the 50 battery-powered group models it plans.
VW, like other German carmakers, is pushing into volume production of electric cars as US rival Tesla struggles to scale up manufacturing of its Model 3, its first car to target the mass market.
BMW and Daimler also plan to ramp up e-car output in the coming years.
The VW group, which includes the Skoda, SEAT, Audi and Porsche brands, sold 10.7 million cars last year here.