Volkswagen Group has started producing electric motors in China for a new generation of electric vehicles set to launch next year.
The automaker’s transmission plant in the north port city of Tianjin began output of an electric motor, codenamed APP310, last week.
The electric motor will be first installed in the ID4 crossover, the second EV after the ID3 in the brand’s ID family, Stephan Wollenstein, CEO of Volkswagen Group China, said at an event in the Tianjin plant last week, marking the start of production.
The ID4 will be the volume model of the ID family and the automaker plans to build it on three continents simultaneously. The ID4 is currently being built in Zwickau, Germany, ahead of its sales launch in Europe this autumn. Production in China will start this year at plants in Anting and Foshan, while U.S. output is planned for 2022, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.