Zwickau is one of Germany’s oldest automotive hubs that is best known to many as the home of the Trabant, a car synonymous with the former East Germany. Volkswagen is poised to write a new chapter in Zwickau’s history book. Starting in November, the first series-produced VW I.D. full-electric hatchbacks will roll off an assembly line in Zwickau for a price comparable to a Golf diesel.
Roughly two years later, the factory should reach full capacity, producing 1,500 battery-powered cars a day, making it Europe’s largest EV plant. Total output is expected to reach 330,000 vehicles, which will include EVs for the VW, Audi and Seat brands.
The plant will be a key part of a global network of sites making EVs for Volkswagen, which aims to shift its entire fleet to battery propulsion by 2040 as part of a commitment to the Paris climate accord.
“Zwickau will form the nucleus of our electromobility plans, becoming the first factory for the Volkswagen brand to be completely converted,” VW brand’s head of e-mobility, Thomas Ulbrich, told journalists during a recent tour of the facility.