Volkswagen plant takes root in China

Volkswagen’s activities in China are set to go up a level after it announced that pre-production has begun at its first factory in the country focused only on electric vehicles.

The plant is based in Shanghai, and production is due to begin in October 2020, with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles.

Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, said: “The Volkswagen Group projects a total volume of 22 million all-electric cars worldwide by 2028, with more than 50% of that from China. The country plays a crucial part in our electrification strategy, which will pave the way to Volkswagen’s goal of becoming net carbon-neutral by 2050.

“Together with the start of MEB production, we will launch the Volkswagen ID. family in China as well, a brand-new generation of fully electric and connected vehicles.”

The first phase of pre-production in Anting starts now with a China-specific ID. model of the Volkswagen Brand. In the future, the plant will be manufacturing MEB platform-based BEV models for various Volkswagen Group brands. In total, it is planned to increase the local production in China up to 15 MEB models from different brands by 2025.