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Europe’s largest car manufacturing complex – Volkswagen‘s main plant in Germany – is launching a massive retraining campaign to train and develop production employees for upcoming electric models.
Following on from the Zwickau and Emden passenger car plants, the Wolfsburg factory will also become an electric vehicle factory over the next few years, VW says. This fundamental transformation is not only to be grounded in specialist training, but also has an emotional side: The Wolfsburg factory has opened an eMotionRoom where over the coming months 22,000 production employees can enjoy an entertaining experience of the transformation process from ICE to electric vehicles.
Those who have preordered a new electric VW ID Buzz may be able to slash waiting times by almost 11 months if they amend some of their options.
One of the most time-saving, the German firm said, is choosing single-tone paint, which if opted for (there are six colours) over the more expensive two-tone alternatives (four), will mean delivery in seven months, rather than up to 18.
The battery-powered version of GM’s Equinox crossover, for example, will start around $30,000 when it arrives this fall, the carmaker has said. That is $3,400 more than the least expensive gasoline-fueled Equinox. But factoring in government incentives, the electric Equinox should be cheaper. Like all electric vehicles, the car will need less maintenance, and the electricity to power it will cost less than the gasoline used by its combustion engine equivalent.
The article also makes the point that the EV will require less maintenance, and “the electricity to power it will cost less than the gasoline used by its combustion engine equivalent.”
Nothing is official at this stage, but Autocar UK sources have confirmed that the VW ID 2 will be the first Volkswagen based on the MEB-Plus platform – an updated version of today’s widely used MEB electric car structure that features new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) prismatic battery cells and charging speeds of up to 200kW.
Wards Auto is reporting that Volkswagen radically altered its plans for the upcoming VW ID.2, providing the entry-level electric model with a completely new exterior and interior design that is tentatively scheduled to be previewed on a concept car in March. Set to go on sale in selected global markets in 2025 at a targeted price of US$24,000, the compact 5-seater will receive VW’s iconic Golf name, according to insiders at the automaker’s Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany.
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