Volkswagen’s Braunschweig plant is expanding its production of EV battery systems. Following the first expansion stage, which established a maximum capacity of 250,000 battery systems, the second expansion stage has started up with the same capacity. Once the site is fully ramped up, it will be able to fit up to 500,000 batteries a year for models based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB)—in this case for the electric VW ID.302 and ID.403, as well as the Skoda ENYAQ iV04, which should soon be cruising the streets of Europe with a battery from Braunschweig.
In total, the site is expected to bring more than 600,000 battery systems into the vehicles each year. “The strong demand for attractive and affordable models based on the modular electric drive matrix has the lines of the first expansion stage working at full capacity, so we have fired up the second stage,” explained Thomas Schmall, the CEO of Volkswagen Group Components. “As such, the component is underpinning the Group’s unprecedented electric campaign. Volkswagen plans to use its economies of scale and innovative power to develop optimum batteries and charging offers for Volkswagen customers.
The next ramp-up is coming soon, as the plant has received approval for expanding PHEV production capacities. Currently, more than 50,000 hybrid battery systems are leaving the plant each year. As of 2023, this will increase to 300,000 battery systems.