Volkswagen Group has outlined new production allocations for factories in Europe as part of its latest 159 billion euros ($180 billion) investment plan for the next five years, the automaker said in a statement.
The automaker's factories in Wolfsburg and Hanover, Germany, and Pamplona, Spain, will gain more EV production while Audi's plant in Brussels will lose out.
The Hanover plant is a big winner in the production shake-up.
It will shift to building only full-electric vehicles, adding production of an electric camper van version of the ID Buzz minivan, badged as the ID California.
The addition of the ID California is to make up for the factory losing output of Porsche's new electric flagship.
The plant was scheduled to build range-topping EVs with advanced self-driving functions for the Audi, Porsche, Bentley brands. These are being developed under the Artemis project on the Audi-led PPE premium electric platform. However, Porsche said it did not need the Artemis autonomy and instead lobbied its parent, VW Group, for its version to be built in a Porsche plant, sources told Automotive News Europe sister publication Automobilwoche.
Audi's version is expected in 2024 and it will use design cues from the Grandsphere concept unveiled in the summer.
The Hanover factory will assemble bodies-in-white for Bentley's version due in 2025. The car will be finished at Bentley's plant in Crewe, England.
Porsche's factory in Leipzig will build two full-electric models based on the PPE platform, VW said, without naming the cars. The plant is expected to build the brand's new electric flagship that was originally scheduled for Hanover, alongside the new Macan electric SUV, which goes into production in 2023.
An electric successor to the Panamera could also be built in Leipzig, Automobilwoche said. A battery-powered version of the Cayenne large SUV is expected to be produced at VW's factory in Bratislava, which build the current model.
Audi's Neckarsulm site in Germany will produce an all-electric successor to the A6, codenamed E6, starting in 2022.