- Volkswagen plans to open its first electric vehicle factory in Zwickau. In a year, the first-sized golf cars will roll in the factory.
- The transition to electromobility is accompanied by a new level of automation. 1700 robots will be in Zwickau factory.
The head of the Volkswagen training in Saxony does not hide the challenges: "Electric mobility is not without its dangers," says Brand Puschting, who is working on a significant change here at the VW factory in Zwickau: This plant is supposed to be the driving force behind Volkswagen's electromagnetism – The largest vehicle in the world. Mammoth mission is the conversion during the operation, they say, up to exactly one year the first-size golf cars roll from the factory. And not only in terms of building new robots and machines already standing around, which alone costs 1.2 billion euros.
Work safety should be rethought, in the future it will no longer be on the transfer of fuel pipelines, but HV, high voltage and high voltage. Down in the cars, between the wheels, battery packs will be packed – 400 volts of voltage there, deadly danger! In the warning signs he had to train the men, Festing says, and there, where they were allowed to touch: blue, sure, twelve volts. Red, extremely dangerous, 400 volts. Many hundreds of workers from the band will be sent through such training in the coming weeks, learning the right plug-plug so that they never get as much electric shock as the car and losümummt properly. Everywhere they are now dependent on defibrillators, if anything happens, and practice to draw Stromopfer by hook and grab from the car. Sure, sure. And this is just one of the aspects Volkswagen will deal with in the future.
The group is looking for the future, or as Thomas Olbritz, CEO of Mobility Electric calls: "The electronic story begins, it's a new era like the first beetle or golf first." The episodes are multi-faceted, as seen this week: This Friday , The control panels want to finally decide that the estimating plants and Hanover will also be building electric cars in the future.There were some discussions with representatives of employees and also with the Lower Saxony State, which concerns as VW co-owner of jobs.While in the so-called "design round" of Volkswagen a day Friday morning will be about how much is still invested in the old industry, gasoline and diesel.It will continue to flow money there.But it varies: by 2025, In seven years, a million cars will be powered by a battery power, says Albright, out of ten million vehicles currently.
You do not have to reinvent the car completely, there are still four wheels attached to the chassis. But in Zwickau, the effort is clear. And the bill is new: the ID that you will build here, and where the Neo-carrying work, should cost as diesel golf, where they build here. But of about 25 000 euros hardly get stuck in a Volkswagen. Activation costs a lot of money. Above all, this is the battery's cost margin, says Olbritz. 40% of the value of the vehicle produces this component, made up of expensive chemicals and metals. This is why they aim to manufacture their own battery cells in the group headquarters. Above all, the new procurement manager Stefan Sommer will try to convince the Supervisory Board on Friday of such production, which previously avoided the German industry so. By the time it was time, then once VW cells itself stuck in VW cars, manufacturers manufactured batteries that produce LG Chem and Samsung in Hungary and Poland for Zwickau.
The group program for location in Saxony is clear: 100 000 electric cars of the Audi brands, the seat and Volkswagen are being manufactured in 2020, two years later it should be 330,000. It will be after the Tesla plant in California, the largest electric car factory in the world – so the customer will play.
Because it is the great unknown in this foresight. "We will move electronic mobility outside the niche," says Ulbrich in a conviction, showing a slide in which the curves show a steep upward trend, at least in Europe and China. There, the policy eventually requires electric vehicles to soon punish those manufacturers who continue to sell only on cars with combustion engines.
The VW manager talks about change and thinking
And if the production is "raging" as they say here loudly, with proofreading in English, then only more will come in Germany, but also in the US The decision on the location they meet at the beginning of the year In addition, Is building a whole new factory for a solar-powered solar sport car in Stuttgart-Fuerbach, called Tykane, which will provide cars by the end of 2019. More and more old machine factories will be assigned new tasks during this period. It is already clear that there will be fewer jobs in these places: an electric motor is only a tenth as complex as Diesel fuel.
And at the same time more and more robots are moving. Electromobility goes hand-in-hand with a new level of automation. At 1700 Zwickau robots when two lines were completed. They are supposed to work with 7,700 human workers and this should reduce the construction time of a car by a fifth. Large ones are already ready, with small suction cups, which should be enough parts. But there should be big cuts, until 2025 is security work.
And so they not only work in peace, but also with dedication, so it is also a training point: self-driving and therefore experience of electric mobility. "We need to take our people with us," says Albright. He talks about motivation, change and thinking in this work. In the back, meanwhile, workers screwed up VW-Kittel combustion engines and golf models. Yet.