ডkoda hopes that the Volkswagen Group will confirm the location of its fourth European battery factory by 2023 and is hopeful that the site will be located in the Czech Republic.
The VW Group has previously stated that a quarter of its planned six European battery factories will be located in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia or the Czech Republic. It originally planned to finalize a location for the factory in the first half of 2022, but to no avail.
“The decision will be made in Wolfsburg, Germany,” said Michael Welzeklas, Skoda’s head of production and logistics. Auto News Europe. “We are hopeful and confident that this decision will be made by the end of autumn, probably the end of next year … We hope that VW will decide in favor of the Czech Republic.”
Read more: Volkswagen wants to spend $ 7.7 billion to build an eV hub, gigafactory in Spain
While Skoda is awaiting VW’s decision, it recently began building a battery system for EVs based on the MEB platform at the Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic.
The carmaker’s headquarters is the only manufacturing site outside of Germany where VW’s MEB battery system is manufactured. These systems include not only the battery module but also an integrated cooling system, a battery management system and a battery housing with all electrical connections.
The assembly site will soon produce more than 250,000 MEB battery systems per year, and by the end of 2023, production will have ramped up to more than 380,000 systems after coming online in the second expansion phase.
“Today is a special day for ডkoda Auto: with the launch of the MEB battery system, we are now building the perfect core components for the core of the company,” Oeljeklaus added. “It simply came to our notice then. I would like to thank the entire team who have worked so hard in recent months to set up this new production line. We have invested around 130 million euros and can now build 250,000 MEB battery systems a year – for OKODA’s e-models and other group brands. Our goal is clear: we want to make e-components or e-vehicles at three check plants by 2030. “