For future production of electric cars, VW transforms vehicle manufacturing into a future factory. It does not only affect climate protection.
With the electric model ID produced in Zwickau. For the first time, the Volkswagen Group will deliver a vehicle to customers that will be produced on a carbon-neutral basis throughout the supply and production chain. During the manufacturing process, the formation of climate-harmful carbon dioxide is avoided or reduced as far as possible. This was sure on Thursday Thomas Ulbrich, CEO of e-Mobility at the Volkswagen brand and at the same time CEO of VW-Sachsen. The inevitable emissions are compensated by climate protection measures.
According to Ulbrich, the measures to avoid carbon dioxide in the construction of the electric car also include the energy-intensive production of battery cells. It was agreed with the suppliers of the cells that they use green electricity from renewable energy sources. Although the battery cells come from Hungary and Poland, manufacturers would have access to green electricity, insured the VW board. "With this big lever, the e-car's e-balance can be further improved," said Ulbrich.
In the Zwickau plant, the external power supply was converted to 100 percent green electricity by 2017. The electricity is supplied by hydropower plants in Austria. "We want to make a significant contribution to climate protection with our electric cars." It is crucial that electric cars are both durably built and used, "said VW Saxony.
With the launch of the ID model, a new age begins not only in terms of climate protection for production. Production should be more efficient, smarter and more flexible. In Zwickau, six different models will roll out of the production line. Three of the Volkswagen brand, two models of Audi and a chair. "Following the rebuilding of our production, we will improve productivity by 20 percent," Ulbrich announced.
To this end, the vehicle network is transformed into a digital flagship factory. The vision is "the factory of the future" – the intelligent, sustainable and completely networked factory. Digitization affects all manufacturing sectors to varying degrees. While the car body has already achieved a degree of automation of 95 percent and the color store is also highly automated, the degree of automation in assembly will almost triple during the conversion to e-mobility. For example, Volkswagen expands the use of human robot collaborations in Zwickau and builds on state-of-the-art, network-based industrial robots. When the factory is completely rebuilt, a total of 1700 robots are used. In the future, the e-car's cockpit will be installed completely automatically and as a complete module with the help of an industrial robot. Despite the increased productivity through automation, the number of jobs currently in the factory is expected to remain constant to 7 700. The employment guarantee is agreed with the employees until 2025.