The Volkswagen factory in Zwickau will be shut down for a few weeks due to a shortage of components, particularly electric motors.
The factory in Zwickau, in the German region of Saxony, quickly became the second largest after Wolfsburgthanks in particular to the production of models from the Volkswagen ID family.
However, due to a shortage of electric motors, the German group announced that it would suspend production of certain vehicles for approximately three weeks.
“The production of electric vehicles at the Volkswagen Group Components site in Kassel is currently only possible to a limited extent”a spokesperson for the group told Reuters.
According to Volkswagen, the models affected by this temporary shutdown are the Audi Q4 e-tron, Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5. The Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born are not affected by this problem.
Founded in 1904, the Zwickau factory has been a key player in the European automotive industry for over a century. In 2018, it was at the heart of a conversion process for the production of electric cars, supported by funding of no less than 1.2 billion euros.
The current production capacity is 330,000 units per yearmaking it the largest factory dedicated to electric mobility in Europe.
The Zwickau factory currently occupies an area of 1,800,000 m2 and is also a model for its high degree of automation, employing no less than 1,700 robots, autonomous transport systems in the production line and more than 10,000 people, including 7,700 employees trained specifically for the production of electric cars .
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