06/12/2021

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VW plans new EV factory in Germany to counter Tesla

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen ideas to create a new state-of-the-artwork factory close to its world-wide headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, to raise its sport as the opening of Tesla’s gigafactory near Berlin draws nearer.

The plant would create a flagship entire-electric auto code-named “Trinity” created to close the technologies hole to Tesla and problem traditional rivals with highly automatic driving attributes.

The factory would deliver about  250,000 automobiles annually and would be fewer complex than retooling present operations, VW brand name chief Ralf Brandstaetter advised reporters in Wolfsburg on Tuesday.

A closing conclusion could be designed subsequent month when critical stakeholders overview the group’s 5-yr spending ideas.

VW mentioned it aimed for a output time of ten hrs for each automobile for the Trinity design, identical to how extended it will choose Tesla to assemble the Model three at its initially European factory in Gruenheide near Berlin.

Constructing an all-new plant is an choice to adapting the present Wolfsburg plant to deliver the Trinity design, which VW suggests limits the possibilities for additional radical adjustments to the producing approach.

“That is why we are planning greenfield development: economical and devoid of restrictions by present buildings,” Brandstaetter mentioned. “That way we are getting time and place to step by step modernize the principal factory in a considerably-achieving way and raise output there, as well, to a new degree,” he added.

VW did not supply a charge estimate for the factory, which still calls for acceptance by the automaker’s supervisory board.