Volkswagen (VV) will change three German factories and produce electric cars in them.
Europe's largest carmaker, as part of a radical shift in its emission scandal strategy, is launching mass production of zero-emission vehicles.
The German group said on Wednesday that the factory in Emden, which is currently being manufactured by VV Passat, will produce electric cars from 2022. That same year, electric cars will be manufactured in Hannover, where a part of the production of cars with combustion engines will be retained. So far, only one factory in Zvickau is mentioned as the only factory for producing cars.
"This will also take care of a long-term perspective for both races," said the head of the Herbert Diess Group on Wednesday.
"We are trying to produce electric cars," said Gunnar Kilian, executive director of the company, adding that the factory in Zvickau, together with the plants in Emden and Hanover, "will create the largest network for the production of electric vehicles in Europe".
VV secured jobs for employees in Emden and Hanover. Training for employees in Zvickau will cost 1.2 billion euros.
The factory Zvickau will start production of electric cars at the end of 2019. About 7700 employees at the factory are trained to install a Volkswagen ID, which will be the first MEB platform for electromobilists. The CROZZ crossover ID is followed. By the end of 2020, the factory in Zvickau should have a daily production capacity of 1,500 vehicles and there would be produced 6 electric models.
The Plant Conversion Plan must be approved by the VV Supervisory Board, to be discussed on Friday (November 16th).